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'Very good day' for England

England batting coach Graham Gooch thinks the first Test against India in Ahmedabad is "still alive" after Alastair Cook's 168 not out on day four.

The tourists, following on after conceding a first-innings deficit of 330, looked doomed after slipping to 199-5 second time around in early afternoon.

But Cook, who batted all day, and Matt Prior (84no) forged an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 141 through to stumps at 340-5, leaving England 10 runs in credit heading into the final day.

"There is a lot of fight in this England team and Alastair Cook played a real captain's knock today," Gooch said on Sky Sports News.

"India are still in a good position but the game is alive. From the England camp's point of view it's been a very good day, it has been very satisfying to watch Alastair bat."

Gooch refused to blame the Ahmedabad pitch for England's first-innings effort of 191, which came after they had watched India pile up 521-8 across most of the opening two days.

"I don't think the pitch is a bad pitch at all, it is turning a bit but nothing you don't expect in this part of the world.

"I don't think there are any demons in it and our batsmen today have shown that, they have played with a lot of application and skill."