Paul Farbrace wants England’s batsmen to show the right intent in the face of the record total they have been set to chase after another tough day at Trent Bridge.

England require a victory target of 521, or need to bat for a further six sessions, in order to take something from the Third Specsavers Test in Nottingham.

Having reached the close on 23-0, the England Assistant Coach believes tomorrow gives everyone the chance to improve on the efforts of the first innings.

“We saw good intent tonight but it’s about everyone showing that when they go to the crease,” said Farbrace.

“The first innings was massively disappointing and tomorrow is a time to put it right.

“Batting with intent doesn’t mean playing loads of shots, it means leaving the ball well, rotating the strike and doing the obvious things you want your batsmen to do.

“We can defend them and saw we have lots of good players but the key is showing what you can do in the middle.”

Whilst the Indian batsmen were amassing 352-7 in their second innings, England’s bowlers were made to toil in the field for a total of 110 overs.

Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes and James Anderson all took wickets and Farbrace had nothing but praise for the example the bowlers set, and hopes the batsmen follow suit.

“Anderson showed the way with the ball today, always running in hard and it showed why he is the best seamer in the world by sticking to his task throughout,” said Farbrace.

“You’d expect the likes of (Joe) Root, (Alastair) Cook and (Ben) Stokes, all top-quality players, to stand up and show why they are the best tomorrow.”

England’s batsmen were shown the way by another masterclass from the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who made his second century of the series.

Kohli’s innings, and his ability to adapt to everything thrown at him, is an example that Farbrace is hoping England’s batsmen follow.

“I’m a big believer in players learning from players and you would be hard pressed to argue against him being the best in the world right now,” said Farbrace.

“The way he has developed and played throughout this series has been brilliant.

“He’s a high-quality player and he is showing he has learnt a lot about his game on this tour and the runs he has scored are thoroughly deserved.”


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