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Gooch exepcting ´result pitch´ in Nagpur

10 December 2012 08:54

England batting coach Graham Gooch was full of praise for Alastair Cook's men after their win over India in the third Test on Sunday.

Despite a top-order hiccup in their chase of 41 at Eden Gardens, the tourists clinched a seven-wicket victory and a 2-1 series lead.

England only need a draw in the fourth and final Test at Nagpur starting Thursday to secure a first series win in India since 1984/85.

Gooch said he had been delighted by England's response to their first Test loss in Ahmedabad, and expects a tough 'result pitch' in Nagpur.

"It was a monumental achievement. We know these conditions are sometimes alien to English players," Gooch said.

"We lost the first Test, we took a bit of a beating there, and in their conditions – India have set up the conditions in Mumbai and Kolkata – our guys have responded magnificently. Let's be fair, they've outplayed India in both the last two Tests.

"When you go 1-0 down against hosts who have a very good record in their own conditions, it's very satisfying when you can turn it round and use the skills you have practised long and hard to outplay the opposition.

"But I don't think for one minute that the guys think the job is done. We're 2-1 up with one to play.

"We want a positive result in Nagpur. I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying it's going to be a result pitch in Nagpur. If I was India I would want a result pitch to take my chances."

Cook has led the way in India, scoring a series-high 548 runs at an average of 109.6 with his most recent century – the 23rd of his career – putting him top of the list of most tons struck for England.

Gooch hailed the maturity of the 27-year-old and said he was being rewarded for the hard work he had put in.

"He's always been an impressive young man, mature beyond his years," Gooch said.

"He works hard at his game. We've spent hours and hours in the nets over a long period of time and credit to him, he's the one who deserves to take the plaudits.

"He's worked hard at all types of his technique against spin, pace and swing bowling and he's had some low moments – as you do as a player – and now he's reaping the rewards for that hard work."

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