Root aims to learn from India

16 February 2021 18:18:24 GMTPlus10

England skipper Joe Root accepted he and his side have lessons to learn after being thumped by 317 runs in the second Test against India in Chennai.

Root was speaking after seeing the tourists dismissed for 164 shortly after lunch on day four of the second Test, although he was wary of getting too carried away by the heavy nature of the loss, with the series level at 1-1 with two games to play.

We are 1-1 in the series with two important games to come, we are very much in this series.

Joe Root

He said at the post-game presentation: "I think credit has to go to India. They played very well and outplayed us in all three departments. We got a bit of an education and we have got to learn.

"These are the conditions you sometimes come up against. We have got to find a way score in these conditions and take wickets.

"With the bat it was a challenging wicket from day two onwards. We have to be smart with how we score out here and we have to learn from the opposition.

"We are 1-1 in the series with two important games to come, we are very much in this series."

The third Test is a day-nighter, which starts on Wednesday 24th February, with the surface in Ahmedabad more likely to suit seam bowlers.

England will have to make at least one change for that game, with all-rounder Moeen Ali - who took eight wickets in the second Test - heading home as he is rested for the remainder of the series.

The likes of James Anderson and Chris Woakes may be recalled, while Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have returned to the squad having been rested and both Zak Crawley and Jofra Archer have recovered from injuries.

England squad for third Test: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Hosts India are now 1.28 to win the series outright, with England available at 29.00 and the draw 4.00.

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