Graham Gooch: Expect a result pitch

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 8:57 GMT

Batting coach Graham Gooch says England are expecting a result pitch in the final Test with India.

Graham Gooch: Don't bet on draw in final Test

England move from Kolkata to Nagpur on Monday and a draw in the final Test would see them become the first team to win a series against the hosts in India for eight years.

Captain Alastair Cook has admitted that at 2-1 up in the series he would "take a draw" now if offered.

If they can beat India again England will have achieved what very few before them have. It was back in the 1980s, against the then mighty West Indies, that India last lost three straight Tests at home.

England have not won a series there since 1984-85, and no tourists have done so for the past eight years.

Gooch, a veteran in his playing days of three Test tours to India, knows from his own experience how difficult it is to win there.

"I don't think for one minute that the guys think the job is done," he said. "We're 2-1 up with one to play. We want a positive result in Nagpur.

"I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying it's going to be a result pitch in Nagpur. If I was India I would want a result pitch to take my chances."

The last two Tests were played on pitches which gave the bowlers plenty of help - Mumbai, in particular, for the spinners while reverse-swing was the major weapon for the seamers at Eden Gardens.

And Gooch has no issue with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's preference for pitches which provide some help from the outset for the bowlers.

"The things MS Dhoni has said after Mumbai, I totally agree with," he said. "He wants to play on pitches that produce results, and I don't have a problem with that.

"I'd rather have a pitch that produces a result that one that produces 600 v 600. So we know it's likely to be a pitch where it will be tough for the batsmen, with the ball turning.

"But after our last two performances, we can go there with confidence - and we've got to make sure we bring our A game to Nagpur."


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