If England play sensibly…: Sachin Tendulkar says the first hour of the Headingley game will be crucial

Sachin feels England are the favorites but they need to act sensibly.

I feel the wicket is playing absolutely well and if England bat sensibly and take a positive approach, they will get their way.

They need discipline in their shot selection and a positive approach and then the total will come through, he added.

Rain at Headingley prevented play from starting for almost five hours, well after tea, and England then used conditions favorable for seam and swing to cut Australia’s lead from 116-4 overnight to 170-8 in 14 overs.

But with Australia eight points behind and leading by just 196 with Todd Murphy out to bat in his fifth Test, Head, who scored 34, was determined to hit as many as he could.

But first he had to wait as Murphy hit two boundaries off England’s fastest bowler Mark Wood with a cover drive and a leg-break.

Head knocked two balls off Woakes in one fell swoop and England slid the pitch with no one in the side against Australia’s last recognized batter.

Trying to protect Murphy, Head knocked two more balls off Wood and reached his 22nd half-century.

He hit Woakes for a six over midwicket and then Murphy was bowled leg before by Stuart Broad, making 11 valuable runs in a stand of 41 balls for the ninth wicket.

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