Batsmen handed tough lessons

27 February 2021 21:35:41 GMTPlus10

England coach Chris Silverwood says his side's batsmen will learn from their chastening defeat in the third Test against India in Ahmedabad.

Silverwood's men were beaten by ten wickets inside two days of the day-night match as India's spinners skittled England for 112 and 81.

As painful as it is at this moment, hopefully we can take some good lessons.

Chris Silverwood

The tourists were unhappy with the state of a pitch on which India also struggled, collapsing from 114-3 to 145 all out in their first innings as England skipper Joe Root claimed career-best figures of 5-8.

However, England's hopes of setting India a challenging victory target swiftly disappeared as opener Zak Crawley, who top-scored with 53 in the first innings, was bowled by Axar Patel for a golden duck.

Number three Jonny Bairstow bagged a pair, while Dom Sibley (nought and seven) and Ollie Pope (one and 12) also had a game to forget.

India take a 2-1 lead into next week's fourth and final Test of the series, which is also taking place in Ahmedabad, although they will be without fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who has been released from the squad for personal reasons.

Asked about the response he expects from England's young batsmen, Silverwood said: "It will hopefully galvanise them.

"Next time they come on to a surface like this, it won't be as much of a shock and hopefully they will have had a think about how they use their skills to combat what's in front of them.

"As painful as it is at this moment, hopefully we can take some good lessons."

England are 3.75 to beat hosts India in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, with Sibley 5.50 to be top first innings batsman and Pope priced at 10.00.

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