Gooch credits bowlers for pummeling Ind batsmen

Published: Friday, August 19, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Gooch lauds bowlers for pummeling India

London, Aug 19: England batting coach Graham Gooch today credited his bowlers for being able to keep a "tried and trusted" Indian batting line-up under pressure throughout the four-match Test series.

"England bowlers have kept pressure on Indian batsmen which has made it difficult for them to succeed," said Gooch, an outstanding batsman and captain in 80s and 90s.

"Theirs is a tried and trusted batting line-up, lot of greatest names the game has seen but then everyone struggles from time to time. They haven't got the runs they would've liked.

"They have kind of records most would be happy to have half those records. They have been great ambassadors of the game, they have excited the public all around the world."

At the moment, however, it is the England batters who are making headlines as there have been no less than six double centuries since 2010 -- what in Gooch''s terminology is "daddy hundred" - and the best has been his own Essex protege Alastair Cook, maker of seven hundreds in the last 14 Tests, including that mammoth 294 at Edgbaston last week.

"I concentrate on run-making, not batting. They are two different things. A lot of people in this room can bat. But can they make runs?" asked Gooch.

"Cook in particular has learnt his game. He has learnt his trade, the attributes of run-making, has a great attitude, technical ability and he''s learning all the time.

"Above all, he has great powers of concentration - a 200 can''t be made in two hours. You need to bat for six or seven hours. You can do so if you treat each ball in isolation.

"He, like a few other players, a few Indian players, has those powers of concentration. He continues to improve and it''s because of the hard work he puts in. It doesn''t come by chance. It''s because of hard work and ability and by putting it, you get rewards," he said.


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