Cricket: Gooch guilty of a slip-up

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IT WAS a dreadful irony that on a day when England's spinners should have troubled the Indian batsmen one of the seam bowlers, Chris Lewis, should have been their best bowler, even if he had nothing to show for it.

He bowled a superb spell after tea when, if it had not been for some curious thinking by Graham Gooch, he would have had the wicket of Vinod Kambli. Already in this series, Kambli has shown he is vulnerable outside off stump and it was here that Lewis attacked.

Gooch, who had been in positions to save one for most of the day, now placed himself at first slip. In the last year, Gooch has missed several straightforward chances in the slips and he no longer will be looking to stand there in Test cricket. Mike Atherton, an excellent slip catcher, should have been there instead.

Lewis obliged with a beauty just outside the off stump at which Kambli flicked without any footwork. The ball flew off the edge fast but straight to Gooch at a catchable height and out it popped. After spending two more overs at first slip Gooch made way for Atherton but by then it was too late.

This match also made something of a mockery of England's wicketkeeping policy. Alec Stewart came to India as the wicketkeeping all-rounder yet in this final Test, Stewart has played as a batsman and Richard Blakey has had the gloves. This also happened in Madras, where Stewart was unexpectedly made captain and did not also want to keep wicket.

Blakey has been out of his depth as a batsman and wicketkeeper on the turning pitches and his performance has underlined the futility of not bringing Jack Russell.

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BOMBAY SCOREBOARD

(Second and third days: England won toss)

ENGLAND - First Innings

(Saturday: 239 for 7)

G A Hick c Kapil Dev b Prabhakar 178

390 min, 319 balls, 20 fours, 1 six

J E Emburey c More b Kapil Dev 12

90 min, 88 balls, 2 fours

P A J DeFreitas lbw b Kapil Dev 11

17 min, 19 balls, 2 fours

P C R Tufnell not out 2

81 min, 40 balls

Extras (b4 lb5 w2 nb4) 15

Total (502 min, 135 overs) 347

Fall (cont): 8-262 (Emburey), 9-279 (DeFreitas).

Bowling: Kapil Dev 15-3-35-3 (w1) (6-2-10-1) (7-1-13- 2) (2-0-12-0); Prabhakar 13-2-52-1 (nb5 w1) (6-2-14- 0) (4-0-30-0) (3-0-8-1); Venkatapathy Raju 44-8-102- 2 (23-6-53-2) (8-0-19-0) (6-2-8-0) (7-0-22-0); Kumble 40-4-95-3 (8-0-20-0) (10-0-38-2) (12-2-19-1) (4-0-7-0) (4-1-9-0) (2-1-2-0); Chauhan 23-7-54-0 (7-2-25-0) (9-2-18-0) (4-1-10-0) (1-0-1-0) (2-2-0-0).

Progress: Second day: 250: 380 min, 104.5 overs. 300: 444 min, 119.1 overs. Lunch: 327-9 (Hick 161, Tufnell 0) in 130 overs. New ball taken after lunch. Innings closed: 12.36pm.

Hick's 100: 251 min, 192 balls, 10 fours. 150: 353 min, 280 balls, 16 fours.

INDIA - First Innings

(Overnight: 144 for 1)

N S Sidhu c Smith b Tufnell 79

265 min, 201 balls, 12 fours, 1 six

M Prabhakar c Blakey b Hick 44

165 min, 134 balls, 4 fours, 1 six

V G Kambli not out 164

419 min, 299 balls, 18 fours

S R Tendulkar lbw b Tufnell 78

285 min, 213 balls, 10 fours

* M Azharuddin not out 14

33 min, 37 balls, 2 fours

Extras (b4 lb8 nb6) 18

Total (for 3, 587 min, 146 overs) 397

Fall: 1-109 (Prabhakar), 2-174 (Sidhu), 3-368 (Tendulkar).

To bat: P K Amre, Kapil Dev, K S More, A Kumble, R K Chauhan, Venkatapathy Raju.

Bowling (to date): DeFreitas 12-3-48-0 (4-2-8-0)

(3-0-8-0) (5-1-32-0); Lewis 24-8-47-0 (7-2-12-0) (5-1- 14-0) (5-1-13-0) (7-4-8-0); Emburey 51-13-103-0 (13-5- 21-0) (5-1-13-0) (7-2-9-0) (7-2-13-0) (5-0-22-0) (7-2- 9-0) (7-1-16-0); Tufnell 35-6-111-2 (nb8) (10-3-28-0) (3-0-4-0) (6-1-27-1) (7-1-12-0) (9-1-40-1); Hick 24-3- 76-1 (9-1-41-1) (8-1-19-0) (5-1-12-0) (2-0-4-0).

Progress: Third day: 150: 232 min, 61.1 overs. 200: 298 min, 76.1 overs. Lunch: 225-2 (Kambli 63, Tendulkar 24) in 84 overs. 250: 356 min, 88.3 overs. 300: in 428 min, 105.1 overs. Tea: 311-2 (Kambli 119, Tendulkar 52) 113 overs. 350: 534 min, 132 overs.

Sidhu's 50: 147 min, 121 balls, 10 fours.

Kambli's 50: 130 min, 106 balls, 7 fours. 100: 228 min, 168 balls, 13 fours. 150: 389 min, 282 balls, 17 fours.

Tendulkar's 50: 169 min, 121 balls, 6 fours.

Umpires: P D Reporter and S Venkataraghavan.

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