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Translating patience into practice

Matthew Hoggard said working on the patience of the Indian batsmen gave his team the edge in the first Test.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 20:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

England's pace bowler Matthew Hoggard on Friday said working on the patience of the Indian batsmen gave his team theedge in the first Test.

"The ball was reverse-swinging in the morning when it was a bit muggy and we concentrated on bowling in the right areas to dry up the runs," the 29-year-old Yorkshire bowler said after returning 5 for 57 on the third day of the match.

"We translated patience into practice and put their batsmen under pressure," Hoggard added.

Mohammad Kaif's rearguard 91 helped India restore some balance in the contest as they reached 322 for nine in reply to India's 393 in the first innings.

Hoggard was on a hat-trick too after picking up the wickets of Wasim Jaffer and Venkatasai Laxman off successive balls in the morning session.

England have never lost a Test whenever Hoggard took five or more wickets but the bowler himself believed that the task of setting up the game now rest with his batsmen.

"We have to bat exceptionally well to set up the game. The wicket has become slower and lower and batting won't be easy. But we will go out with a positive frame of mind," he said.

"This was a better spell on a flat track. The ball was swinging a lot more there (in Johannesburg). My 5 for 57 in 30 overs today is a better effort and I bowled in the right areas," he said.

Hoggard said he was pleased to get Venkatasai Laxman's wicket for a duck, that set him up for a hat-trick denied by Mohammed Kaif.

"I was happy to get Laxman's wicket. We will have a chuckle over it later," he said after having trapped the Hyderabadi leg before first ball with a huge in-swinger.

Hoggard also praised teammate Monty Panesar's effort by saying to claim Sachin Tendulkar for his first Test scalp was a reward for his hard work.

"The first wicket is very special. He bowled exceedingly well and showed years of experience in the way he bowled.

"He's done everything to trouble the batsmen. It's very nice to be rewarded with that kind of a wicket," the pace bowler.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 20:42 IST