Jon Lewis defended England’s approach with the bat on Day 4 of the 1st Test and their decision to not declare which would have given them more time to bowl India out.

Rohit Sharma got out to a peach of a delivery from Jack Leach in the final session on Day 4 (Courtesy of BCCI)


  • We are really happy with where we are at: England bowling coach Jon Lewis
  • England need 9 wickets on Day 5 to win the 1st Test vs India in Chennai
  • India reached stumps on Day 4 at 39 for 1 and need another 381 runs

England bowling coach Jon Lewis is confident of his team’s chances of victory in the ongoing first Test against India in Chennai. The visitors need 9 wickets on the final day to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Chances of an English victory look the most likely after they set India a daunting target of 420 to win the Test match in Chennai on Monday. India reached 39 for 1 at stumps in their second innings and need another 381 runs on Day 5.

Shubhman Gill batting on 15 and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) will resume the action for India, who might be looking to play for a draw by surviving the final day on a deteriorating pitch at the Chepauk.

“Obviously, we’re ahead in the game,” England bowling coach Jon Lewis told a video conference.

“We are really happy with where we are at. With that many runs on the board, we are ahead in the game. We have played some really good cricket. We are confident that we can create enough chances to win the game.

“I think that we are in a very strong position. We just need to work hard, show the right character and do the basics well. Regardless of the great batters that India has got, we have enough in the tank to win the game,” he added.

Lewis also defended England’s approach with the bat in their second innings and their decision to not declare which would have given them more time to bowl India out.

The visitors were bowled out for 178 thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin’s six-wicket haul but everybody was surprised by Joe Root’s decision to carry on batting.

“The pitch is good but tricky. Accelerating against India in India isn’t always straightforward. The guys played positively with intent to score, but within the constraints of the conditions.

“The guys were positive in the way they played. I don”t think it is a straightforward pitch where you can be reckless to score. But, we were very comfortable with the amount of overs we wanted to bowl on Monday,” Lewis said when asked about the decision to not declare early.

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