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Jonny Bairstow injures himself by tripping up whilst walking out to bat

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In a Test match that India have dominated in its entirety, England were pushed even further towards defeat on day three in Visakhapatnam as the hosts streched their lead to 298 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the stand-out performer, with the off-spinner picking up his first five-wicket haul against England before skipper Virat Kohli hit 56 off just 70 balls to back up his knock of 167 in the first innings.

The only real positive for England after yet another tough day was the 110-run partnership between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. The duo have now scored more runs together (772) than any other pair in 2016 - but that wasn't before the latter injured himself in hilarious fashion.

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The Yorkshireman made his way to the crease with England for the start of the third day's play but, as you can see in the video below, the 27-year-old didn't experience the smoothest journey out to the middle:

The talented wicketkeeper-batsman was limbering up after stepping onto the field as he seemed to trip up over himself and just about managed not to fall over completely.

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As a result of the incident, Bairstow sustained a knee injury but he overcame that and some early indecisive footwork to produce a dogged innings of 53 from 161 balls - his slowest-ever Test match half-century for England.

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Bairstow praised for determined display

Legendary English batsman Geoffrey Boycott praised both Bairstow and Stokes, saying during BBC's coverage: "The way Bairstow and Stokes played was terrific. To intersperse defence and attack in the situation England were in means they deserve full marks."

On the state of the game, Bairstow told Sky Sports: "At the start of the day, getting within 200 (runs) having been five (wickets) down was a reasonable effort from us.

"Tomorrow morning, we come back and hopefully we can get something out of the pitch early on. It will take a couple of special knocks but the way Virat (Kohli) has gone tonight shows that it can be done."

Bairstow is clearly trying to remain upbeat and optimisitc about England's chances, but it's likely that Alastair Cook's men will have to bat out an entire four sessions or thereabouts to avoid going 1-0 down in the five-match series.

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