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BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"England approached the target in positive fashion"
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England bowler Darren Gough
"To get off to that start was magnificent"
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England coach Duncan Fletcher
"This side has got a lot of character"
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banner Monday, 4 June, 2001, 06:22 GMT 07:22 UK
England chase historic target
Marcus Trescothick and Michael Atherton add more runs for England
Trescothick and Atherton will continue the chase for runs
Second Test, Old Trafford:
England 357 & 85-0
Pakistan 403 & 323

England need 285 more runs for victory

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Michael Atherton and Marcus Trescothick return to the crease on Monday morning, knowing England face an uphill battle to win in the Second Test.

The England openers put on 85 without loss in the closing overs on Sunday, leaving the hosts needing another 285 from a minimum of 90 overs for victory.

If they succeed, it would be the third highest fourth innings total in Test history and eclipse England's previous best of 332 for seven set against Australia in Melbourne in 1928-9.


Having got 85, we've put ourselves back in with a chance
  England coach
Duncan Fletcher

They would also overhaul the highest fourth innings winning target at Old Trafford by some margin, beating South Africa's 145 for seven against England in 1955.

But a fired-up Pakistan outfit remain the more likely winners, especially if spinner Saqlain Mushtaq can extract turn from the Old Trafford surface on the final day.

England coach Duncan Fletcher conceded: "Although it's a nice wicket to bat on, the target will be pretty difficult to get.

"But having got 85, we've put ourselves back in with a chance."

Pakistan's Wasim Akram
Will Wasim be celebrating on Monday night?

Of Atherton and Trescothick's flying start on Sunday, Fletcher added: "Those two showed tremendous character and you must appreciate how well they batted.

"All the Pakistan bowlers are threats - they are all world class.

"Wasim Akram was fired up and bowled exceptionally well and Waqar Younis swings it around.

"Mike's proved it on numerous occasions. He likes a good scrap and he has showed us again that he's up for it.


We'll look at the first session and take it from there
  Duncan Fletcher

"Those guys showed a lot of character.

"It's a pitch that produces positive cricket. We are well into the game, and batted well to set it up for what should be an exciting last day.

"It's a big target, it's not easy to chase anything over 200 in any match.

"We'll look at the first session and take it from there."

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