Bairstow seeks to put positive spin on England's Mohali woes


Jonny Bairstow hopes England still have "a lot of batting to come" after slumping to 78-4 in their second innings against India in Mohali.

The tourists trail by 56 runs going into day four, with India, having only batted once, seemingly on the brink of a convincing victory, a result that would give them a 2-0 lead with two matches remaining in the five-Test series.

Bairstow made 15 on Monday but still fared better than several fellow members of the top order, with captain Alastair Cook out for just 12 and both Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes falling for five.

"Not the day we were looking for," he told Sky Sports.

"Losing myself and Ben at the end capped off a day that we didn't envisage at the start of the day. We're fighting an uphill battle at the moment.

"It's still a decent batting wicket. There were a few balls they kept out that kept low and they did a few things with the ball as well. We need to take it on the chin. We still have a lot of batting to come and we have to remember that."

While it was a disappointing session for the visitors, Bairstow is proud of recent efforts to improve the quality of his wicketkeeping, amid competition for the role from Jos Buttler. 

"There was a lot of speculation a year ago about whether or not I should be keeping wicket, so to put the hard work in and have that come to fruition is a very special achievement for myself," he said. 

"It's still not anywhere near where I want my keeping to be and I'm not under any illusions. You look at yourself and you have two options: you hide in a corner or you front up and take it on the chin. Thankfully I took the latter option and it's starting to pay off."

In contrast to the struggles of England, India's Jayant Yadav, playing in his second Test, was able to celebrate a first half century in the long form of the game.

"It was a really proud moment," he told Sky Sports.

"Jadeja took the pressure away from me. We took it one ball at a time."

And the off-spinner, having already claimed two scalps in England's first innings, struck again to remove Bairstow late in the day.

"The idea was to bowl more at the stumps and it came off," he said.

"We've got four good wickets today and looking to pile on the pressure tomorrow.  

"The best thing about his team is that they didn't make me feel like I was playing for the first time. I didn't feel out of place in the dressing room."