England has a 'bull-dog spirit': Vaughan

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 14:47 [IST]
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England has a 'bull-dog spirit': Vaughan

London: Former captain Michael Vaughan cheered up England to bounce back from the bitter loss in Chennai, saying that Kevin Pietersen and his men have the 'bulldog spirit' to square the Test series against India in Mohali.

"For three-and-three-quarter days they dominated the Test and that is something which is very difficult to do in India."

"It was a great game of cricket. Both teams played to an incredible standard in terms of what they'd gone through in the previous two weeks."

Vaughan also felt that it would be difficult for England to replicate their efforts in the second Test. "We 've just lost a real big game, a game that all the lads would have expected to win on that fourth evening. Its going to be a real task of mental strength. The boys are pretty drained and emotionally tired from what theyve been through in the last few weeks. But if they win the toss, and bat, and get put runs on the board they can put India under a lot of pressure."

"One thing with the England team is we do have a 'bulldog spirit', a fighting spirit. We proved that in this game."

He felt that the second session on the fourth day was the turning point in the Chennai Test as England let the game slip from their hands.

Despite being in a position to win the Test, England went defensive, managing meager 57 runs between lunch and tea on Sunday, losing 5 wickets. They were eventually bowled out for 311 three overs into the final session, which gave India nearly four sessions to chase a target of 387.

"We probably let the momentum sway back towards India when we could have nailed home the game," Vaughan said.

Vaughan meanwhile said that he was eager to return to Test cricket after watching such an absorbing game. "My mind is very refreshed and … I'm desperate to get out there and make decisions, play and score runs."

The second Test is starts in Mohali on Friday


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