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Sean Terry celebrates his catch with England skipper Alastair Cook. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Sean Terry celebrates his catch with England skipper Alastair Cook. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Sean Terry was the toast of the England team as he clung on to a vital catch in his role as 12th man.

The Hampshire youngster, who has turned out for Burridge in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division this season, was on the field to replace Ian Bell, who suffered a finger injury.

But when Ajinkya Rahane (54) top-edged Moeen Ali into the sky, Terry admitted to a heart-skipping moment as he knew it was down to him to show a safe pair of hands.

He said: ‘I had a feeling that it was going to happen to me at least once.

‘About eight million things went through my head as it was up in the air.

‘My heart was going and then I tried to get every bit of both hands around it. I think I almost tried to eat it!

‘I was concentrating pretty hard when it came towards me so it was a good moment. Thankfully, it stuck.

‘The England guys made me feel very welcome. Then they were great to me after I took the catch.

‘They knew how I would be feeling when the ball went to me in the air so they were really happy. It was an important wicket.

‘Then I was high-fiving the England captain and treating him like he’s my best mate!

‘But it’s something that I will always remember.’

The 22-year-old had been drafted in as a replacement fielder but was part of the side that toiled away all afternoon when Bell suffered a nasty blow to the finger, while fielding at slip.

Terry said: ‘I thought I might get out there a bit but with Ian Bell getting injured, I was out there for the whole day. It was a great experience. I was pretty nervous for the first few overs.

‘I’ve only played a handful of first-class games so to field all day in a Test match was an awesome experience.

‘I don’t know whether he will be able to field again yet so I will be ready and waiting if I’m needed.

‘I won’t be asking to go in the slip cordon just yet though!’

Meanwhile, Stuart Broad believes England can go on to claim victory after reducing India to 323 for eight – 246 runs behind – following their battling efforts with the ball.

Broad, who took three for 65, said: ‘There has been a lot of talk about the new guys coming in and the senior players taking responsibility.

‘Before this game, maybe the players put too much pressure on themselves and we got a bit uptight.

‘Peter Moores (England coach) told us to go out and express ourselves and to enjoy it and I think that helped.

‘Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have contributed with the bat and Jimmy Anderson and I have contributed with the ball.

‘We’re in a great position in his Test match and hopefully the wicket will deteriorate on day four and five.

‘Then it will be about the perfect Test match wicket.

‘If we get a couple of early ones on day four, we are in a great position.’

The England fast bowler also had some words of comfort for Chris Jordan, who had a torrid spell with the ball.

Broad said: ‘The ball has swung throughout the whole game but you don’t want to search too much for the swing. I just mentioned that he should go over the top of off stump.

‘He showed that he is a Test match quality bowler because he was able to adjust his length during the heat of the battle pretty well.

‘As a bowling unit, we created pressure really well.’