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Woakes in ‘no doubt’ England can pull off record chase

Woakes in 'no doubt' England can pull off record chase

Chris Woakes insisted on Sunday that England could pull off a record run chase ahead of what promises to be a thrilling last day in the fourth Test against India at the Oval.

Fifties from Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur propelled India to a second-innings total of 466 and set England a daunting target of 368.

But openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed held firm in to leave England on 77-0 at stumps on the fourth day, with the hosts needing a further 291 runs for an unlikely win and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

England’s highest fourth-innings winning total was the Ben Stokes-inspired 362-9 against Australia at Headingley in 2019, with their highest victorious chase at the Oval the 263-9 they made against Australia back in 1902.

But Woakes said England can draw on their monumental 2019 Ashes win and last year’s successful chase of 277 against Pakistan — in which he scored a decisive unbeaten 84 — for inspiration.

“This team has done special things over the last few years. We’ve…

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