The first Test at Trent Bridge of the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England attracted a lot of criticism towards the England batting performance. The hosts posted a total of just 183 runs in the first innings. England skipper Joe Root shouldered the responsibility of compensating for the poor performance, smashing a century and taking the team to a decent 303 runs in the second innings. Even the first innings total was also thanks to Joe Root, who played a knock of 64 runs to add to the disappointing total. The tourists were the favourites for winnings the game, however, rain marred the action and the match ultimately ended in a draw.
Joe Root, however, countered the criticism towards the beating line-up and came out in support of them. Coach Chris Silverwood earlier stated that the batting department continues to be ‘work in progress’. Root said that in the next Test they will be looking to turn the tide and give more opportunities to the players.
“I think running out of patience is not the right word,” Root said. “As a squad, we are all desperate to see each other succeed. You see the guys put the work in time and time again. One thing you can never question about anyone in this team is their work ethic. I think everyone throws everything into their practice and does everything they can to make themselves better.
“Of course you want to see that materialise into results on the field and it can be quite tough at the top end of your sport. If that doesn’t happen at a certain point we might have to look at making changes. At the same time, as a team, you want to give as much as you can to help guys turn a corner, whether that’s spreading experience or advice, or things that have worked for you, then it’s on all of us to keep helping improve each and every one of us.”
The team is going to make a number of changes if need be, something which coach Silverwood has indicated towards. The team has recalled in form all-rounder Moeen Ali as their fifth leg-spinner and in expectations of strengthening the middle-order of the batting line-up.
“There are a lot of options we can go with currently. I think that’s the nice thing about bringing Mo (Moeen) into the squad. It gives us a number of different ways we can go, and balance the team out. It will all be taken into consideration. We will try to pick the side we think is best going to win here in the conditions we get.
“Covid has had quite an effect on our consistency in backing up teams, whether that be workload through having to rotate players or through the conditions, it’s been a difficult thing to get continuity in that respect. But you always have to be looking to win the next game and try to pick a team that you feel will give you the best chance to do that. That’s the most important thing at the front of my mind and it’ll be the thing I try to consider first and foremost over the next couple of days leading up to Thursday.”
The second Test of the Pataudi Trophy will commence on Thursday (August 12) at the Lord’s.