England batsman Gary Ballance has refused to write off India in the fifth Investec Test at the Oval, even though the tourists are already staring at a significant first-innings deficit.
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Half-centuries from Alastair Cook, Ballance and Joe Root lifted the hosts to 385 for seven and a lead of 237 after the second day's play, with India now seemingly on the verge of a third straight loss and a 3-1 series defeat.
Yet Ballance, whose 64 was the sixth time in Tests this summer that he has gone past 50, is wary of counting out Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team.
"I don't think so yet. It's Test cricket, it's tough. You're not going to win a Test in two days but we (want) another good day tomorrow, try and score as many as we can and then bowl well in the third innings," he said.
"It's been a great day. Yesterday went well but we still had to bat well on a pitch that was doing a bit. It's great that we've batted well, batted all day and given ourselves a good lead."
Ballance, whose observation that there is still some seam movement in the pitch will be music to the ears of England's pacemen ahead of India's second innings, also paid tribute to Root.
Ballance's Yorkshire team-mate steadied the ship after England had lost three wickets for 13 runs and will need another eight runs to bring up a fifth Test ton on Sunday.
"It's just the way Rooty's been playing. We lost a few wickets and he decided to try and put the bowlers under pressure and he did that very well," Ballance added on Sky Sports 2.
"He scored quickly and he's put us in a great position."
Ballance, who put on 125 for the second wicket with England captain Cook (79), is keen to continue his good run of form, with the Zimbabwe-born 24-year-old averaging a shade over 60 in eight Tests.
"I started the season feeling quite good, started the county championship quite well and I've just pulled the form in," he said.
"It's nice to get a few good scores and put the team into a good position.
"When you're in form, you've got to work as hard as you do as when you're out of form. It doesn't come around often and you've got to be as greedy as you can and try and score as many runs as you can when you're batting well."