England coach hails Jadeja as an exceptional player
England assistant coach Paul Farbace has said that Ravindra Jadeja is an exceptional player and he was happy that he played the final and the fifth Test against England.
Jadeja became the horseman for India who rode the apocalypse as she smashed an unbeaten 86 and helped his side post a total of 292 runs on day three at the Oval.
“It was really frustrating for us. We dropped a chance of their wickets before the start of a partnership, but Jadeja played magnificently. He deserves credit for that,” Farbace said on Sunday.
“He is a dangerous cricketer, an exceptional one too. He does great with the bat, ball and he is agile on the field. I would say I am rather happy that he played only one game.”
It would be a delight to watch Cook score a century in his final test innings
Farbace also said that the country would love to see Alastair Cook score a century in his last innings. Cook ended the game of day three with a score 46* with the hosts having a 154-run lead.
“It would be really fantastic. It would be absolutely brilliant to watch him score a century,” he said.
He also said that the dressing room will miss the record run-scorer.
“Alastair Cook was the skipper of the English side in 2014 when I joined the side. He has respect for everyone and everybody feels an instant connection while talking to him,” he added.
England have taken a lead of 154 runs against India and they will the field on day four to resume the game from 114/2.
Paul Farbrace also backed Keaton Jennings who couldn’t find his feet in the series.
“I think we all agree it has been difficlut for the batsmen to score runs this summer. He knows he wants big scores, hundreds, 50s, big partnerships but the one thing that’s been quite impressive is that you’d never know to look at him that he’s not scored as many runs as he’d like,” he said.