ENG vs IND: Joe Root admitted that there were tactical errors from England when Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah came out to the crease. The England skipper feels that they should have bowled more attacking lines and used bouncers as an attacking option. The England Cricket Team were at the driver’s seat at the start of day 5 of the second Test on Monday. However, an 89-run stand between Bumrah and Shami for the ninth wicket took the advantage away from England and made a turnaround in the fortunes.
“Fair play to Virat Kohli and his team. They jumped on to something that emotionally gave them an edge. I think a lot falls on my shoulders as captain,” he said. “Tactically I could have done things slightly differently,” cricket.com.au quoted Root as saying.
“The Shami and Bumrah partnership was the pivotal moment of the game, without question, and I don’t think I dealt with that well enough tactically. It put us in a difficult position. Looking back, I’d look at some of the field placings and the way that we bowled. We could have looked at maybe attacking the stumps a little bit more frequently and using the short ball as more of a surprise,” he added.
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Having said that, the English skipper credited the lower-order Indian duo with the way they batted in the second innings at Lord’s. The skipper stated that the duo forced them to not set the conventional fields. Shami scored his second half-century on Tuesday (56*), while Bumrah contributed 34* runs.
“We have to give them some credit. They scored in unusual areas and made it hard to set conventional fields and (we) were trying to manage taking wickets but not letting the game get away from us. But I would have taken a little bit more time and probably brought more modes of dismissal into the game sooner,” said Root.
“When the ball got softer, it didn’t seem to move as much laterally as with the newer ball but we probably underestimated how useful challenging a lower-order player’s defence can be. Credit to India but I don’t think there is any hiding from the fact we need to get better,” he added.
India and England will play the third Test at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, starting 25th August 2021.
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