England have the ‘belief’ to chase down India’s 368, says Chris Woakes

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  • England need another 271 to win on the fifth day
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England find themselves needing to create history if they are to end a gruelling few days with victory at the Oval, after India posted a second-innings total of 466 to set a daunting victory target of 368. But after spending the majority of the fourth day toiling in the field before watching England’s opening partnership of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed put on 77 without loss in the final session, Chris Woakes insisted that conditions are such that “you can chase any score on this wicket”.

Another 291 are required to win, with 90 overs in which to score them or, failing that, to survive to claim a draw. “To go all the way and chase down that score would be an incredible effort,” Woakes said. “The guys have done a great job tonight and put us in a great place, but tomorrow morning’s going to be tricky again. To get 290 on a day-five pitch always sounds like a tough ask but we’ve got to remind ourselves that the pitch is a great one for batting and we can do it if we put our minds to it.”

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