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Aaron stays hopeful

Calcutta: England bowlers delivered quite spectacularly to hand the hosts advantage at the end of the first day of the fourth Test in Manchester.

After the bowlers’ complete domination, now the England batsmen will be eyeing a massive total to put pressure on India.

In reply to India’s 152, England were 113 for three at stumps.

Pacer Varun Aaron, who took two wickets, India’s chances are not yet over and they can still make a comeback. “The wicket has changed since morning today… The bowlers were not getting the same assistance in the last two sessions as they were getting in the first.

“Tomorrow, the first session will be really important. We need to bowl really well if we want to make a comeback,” said Varun.

On the batsmen’s performance, Varun said: “It wasn’t a satisfactory performance by the batsmen. But then, the conditions were also tough. The ball was doing a lot… However, at the end of the day, I am happy that we got three wickets.”

Speaking about his bowling, Varun said: “When we came out to bowl, we knew that we needed to take at least three-four wickets at the end of the day. I am only happy that I picked up two wickets.

“I stuck to my plans. I have been working with our bowling coach Joe Dawes. He told me a few things and I am working on them. Today, I stuck to my basics and tried to get my line and length right. I am glad that I reaped the rewards today. However, my job is not done.”