England skipper Alastair Cook is convinced his team has played “good” cricket and looked forward to the fourth Test against India as a “big” match.

“It is a big match: Always is any Test match. It’s an incredible situation we find ourselves in. We’ve played some really good cricket to get there.

“And we are desperately keen as a side to continue doing that. We have played some really tough cricket. If we want to continue doing that, we need to continue in that frame of mind,” said the England captain.

England’s 2-1 lead in the four-match series was a pleasant development for Cook. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the character we have shown from Ahmedabad.

“I said after Ahmedabad that if we could play to our potential, we have a chance to win. And to play as well as we have done in those two games hasn’t surprised me as such, but has pleased me.”

On the forthcoming contest, Cook said, “when you’re out there, you have to be focussed on what your job is and what the state of the game is, and you have to be ruthless in taking that emotion out.”

His batting philosophy was simple. “The ideal way is to be calm at the crease when you’re batting. Shouldn’t let the situation dictate the way you play.”

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