Patel confident England can survive

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ENGLAND face a long haul to salvage a stalemate in the first Test, but remain confident they have the ability to do so.

The tourists replied badly to India’s 521 for eight declared, losing three wickets in as many overs to the home spinners to close day two on a vulnerable 41 for three.

They may therefore need to bat for the vast majority of three days - eking all they can out of 17 wickets, unless they can take the follow-on out of the equation - to prevent India going 1-0 up.

But Samit Patel sees no reason why the tourists cannot return in kind plenty of the runs scored by Cheteshwar Pujara (206no), fellow centurion Virender Sehwag et al at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, and said: “We’ve got two world-class batsmen at the crease, Belly [Ian Bell] still to come, myself and Matty P [Matt Prior] - a lot of batting.”

He went on: “There’s no question about how long we can bat.

“We’ve got the same potential of batting as India have - and we’ve got to keep believing that.”