After registering a thumping win against India in the second Test at Lord's, England are already 2-0 up in the 5-match Test series, but hosts' wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow believes India, the number one Test team, cannot be written off yet. Apart for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the other batsmen looked completely clueless in the first two games and surrendered in front of the England pacers. Bairstow, ahead of the third Test, asserted that his team is looking to continue with the same momentum and intensity but thinking about a whitewash against the visitors would be a bit too early at the moment.
"It is too early to be talking about 5-0. The weather could get hot again, the pitches at Southampton and The Oval could be dry. We definitely will not be taking our foot off the pedal," Bairstow was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com.
England beat India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test. After a first full-day washout, overcast conditions hampered India's chances of gathering any momentum with the bat on Day 2. Bairstow acknowledged that the England bowlers exploited the conditions better than their counterparts in the Lord's Test but asserted that India will be looking to bounce back in the series.
"We have exploited the conditions and we know how to play in home conditions, but I do not think you can say that India are vulnerable. They are the No.1 side in the world for a reason and there is a lot of cricket still to be played in the series," Bairstow added.