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England fancy chance of winning Test

"We've got the runs on the board and we've got the seam bowlers to make the most of the conditions," said Harmison.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 22:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

England were fancying their chances of winning the second Test against India with fast bowler Stephen Harmison saying they had the seam bowlers to make most of the conditions on Sunday.

"Looking at the forecast the night before if you would have asked me my prediction then a lot of us would have said a draw but luckily for the game the rain stayed away and it's nicely poised," he told reporters after the third day's play.

"We've got the runs on the board and with the pitch starting to go up and down we've got the seam bowlers to make the most of the conditions."

Harmison said Ian Bell's diving single handed catch to get rid of Yuvraj Singh might have given England a foot in the door.

"There's the old saying 'catches win matches' and that was a big catch. It was spectacular," the lanky pacer said of his team-mate's effort.

Asked about Anil Kumble's 500-wicket taking feat, he said, "last year we experienced Glenn mcgrath getting to 500 at Lord's. Kumble has been a great performer for India and he was the star of the first innings."

On England's batting performance, he said, "I thought it was a fantastic innings by Geraint Jones.

"Fred (Flintoff) just went about his innings the way he does and Geraint made a top knock for the team. He took a good catch as well of Sehwag, so he had a good day."

Harmison was satisfied with his own efforts with the ball and was not too bothered by the lack of pace in the pitch.

"It's as good as I've felt all tour as the wicket helped me a little bit.

"Nagpur wasn't about me bowling as fast as I can or as short as I can. That was a case of hanging in for the spinners.

"This match has a bit more in the wicket for the big lads.

"I'm not sure what the speed gun was reading but I felt as though I was hitting the high eighties.

"I've never been a big fan of the speed gun because if you bowl a 90 mph half-volley and it goes for four it makes no difference.

"It's about putting the ball in the right areas. I felt like I put the ball in the rights areas more often today.

The paceman also praised Flitoff's bowling late in the day.

"Fred had a good day. He batted well and with the ball he was beating himself up a little bit on his bowling about his rhythm but it came right the more and more he bowled.

"Like good all-rounders he came back strong and that's the sort of person he is. He bowled really well at the end of the day."

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 22:55 IST