Joe Root accentuates England’s positives as rain forces India to shoot

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Joe Root accentuates England’s positives as rain forces India to shoot


In the end, it was the rain that had the last word. Matchday 5 at Nottingham had promised so much – India needed 157 more points to win, England nine more wickets – but it ended without a single ball being thrown and both sides came together. content with a draw.

Both groups of players imagined themselves having chances of taking a 1-0 lead in Thursday’s second test at Lord’s and neither left Trent Bridge feeling like they got away with one. As always, Joe Root was keen to accentuate the positive, with his fourth day century calling on India to deliver its most successful pursuit to England with a goal of 209.

“On the last day, and with the stick pressures on a day five wicket, things could have gone in our favor very quickly,” said Root. “We definitely thought we could have created nine more chances. If we had been good enough to take them we could have been sitting here 1-0, but unfortunately the weather won.

During the rather soggy presentation, Virat Kohli also regretted a missed opportunity, saying he was satisfied with the intent displayed by his accusations and stating that the lineup of his team – one that saw the great Ravichandran Ashwin miss and fashion designer Shardul Thakur four wickets – could well be their model for the series.

Jasprit Bumrah’s nine kills over the two innings were clearly noteworthy for tourists and Kohli also praised his two forerunners, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, for putting 97 in their first innings, the latter promoted after two injuries and the best. score with 84 “We definitely felt like we were at the top of the game,” Kohli added.

Which captain to believe? India have certainly raced for the majority and more questions remain around England’s best XI. The stick is so dependent on Root, with its 1,064 races this year accounting for almost a third of their overall production. Dan Lawrence, threatened by physically fit Ollie Pope, is their next top scorer with 354.

Root’s claim that they grew up in the game after being knocked out for 183 on day one is not unfounded, but comes with the caveat that after his scores of 64 and 109 the next best score is was a 32 from Sam Curran. Jonny Bairstow’s return to the side was promising, at least, and although the 29 and 30 starts were cut short, he lined up well.

It may be that a low-scoring game – and a desire not to panic so early in a five-game streak – sees Root and Chris Silverwood backing the starters. That said, Zak Crawley, averaging 11 years since what was considered a double-century breakthrough last summer, will inevitably invite debate over his continuation at No.3. Root spoke about the youngster’s maturity. 23 years old here and stressed that having fun is key. .

Indian Virat Kohli (left) was happy with his team’s performance. Photographie : Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

It might seem out of place, but it was clearly a hallmark of his own performance at a time, having lost the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, and seen the angst off the field over winter build up. among his team, the captain could easily have been overwhelmed. Instead, remembering why he likes to hit, the races followed.

Haseeb Hameed would be the top-notch alternative, the Nottinghamshire-shaped opener having done a century of fighting the Indian attack in Durham a fortnight ago. There will be those who will wonder if he should replace Dom Sibley, however, with his 133-ball 28 the type of innings to support the claims of supporters and detractors.

Then there is the balance of the team. India imagines having its own sorted out, while England cannot say the same. Without Stokes and Chris Woakes, the obvious player to get the desired combination of four seamers and a spinner is Moeen Ali, but he’s not even a part of the squad. Jack Leach has earned the right to be the first-choice spinner, but without any all-rounder he’s struggling to get in on the side.

At least the last day lost means there is no need to run one of the three main crimps – Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson – due to the workload. Root was particularly impressed with the latter, whose first five-wicket transport suggested that the ominously overshadowed June debut is in the rearview mirror.


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“It has a unique set of attributes,” Root said. “He has a very high point of release, he gets things done, he nips the ball and his precision in this game was exceptional. He has shown what he is very capable of at this level.

Overall a test that started with blame on the schedule and a lack of preparation almost turned into a thriller because of it. The rain may have settled the first installment, but with both parts now up and running, the rest of the series promises a lot.

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