Root to learn lessons from Ahemdabad annihilation

26 February 2021 02:20:30 GMTPlus10

Skipper Joe Root admits England simply have to improve after losing the third Test against India inside two days.

The two sides arrived in Ahmedabad tied at 1-1 after a win each in Chennai and the day/night Test was always expected to play a pivotal role in the series due to both the conditions and uncertainty generated by the use of the enigmatic pink-ball.

England won the toss and elected to bat but Root's decision not to select a second, or even third specialist spinner immediately looked costly as Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel combined for nine wickets to skittle the tourists for just 112.

However, the tourists were able to breath life into the Test as India collapsed from 99-3 to 145 all out on Thursday with Jack Leach and Root himself taking nine wickets between them.

The Three Lions couldn't harness that momentum though as they capitulated to just 81 second time around, the home spinners running riot again.

The Three Lions couldn't harness that momentum though as they capitulated to just 81 second time around, the home spinners running riot again with Ravi Ashwin taking 4-48, including his 400th Test wicket.

After a frantic day that saw an incredible 17 dismissals in just two sessions, both teams will need to regroup ahead of the fourth and final Test at the same venue, beginning on 4th March.

With his team 2-1 down, Root acknowledged that England have plenty to think about but the 30-year-old is adamant they will come back stronger next week.

"It is disappointing [to lose this Test] and it has been a tough week," he said afterwards. "We will take the feelings from this week and harness it.

"But this shouldn't define us as a team and one defeat will not change us overnight. We have to accept it, move forward, and get better."

England are 3.75 to win the fourth Test, with India 1.53 to seal the series 2-1 and the draw 7.50.

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