England captain Joe Root lamented not breaking the partnership between Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami early in the first session as one of the major reasons for England’s loss at Lord’s as India take a series lead in the second Test after the draw at Trent Bridge.
England couldn’t survive 60 overs and were bowled out in 51.5 overs on the final day after set a target of 272, which was swelled courtesy of a terrific, and surprising, 89-run 9th wicket stand between Bumrah and Shami. Also, this is the first of Joe Root’s 22 Test hundreds which ended up in a defeat.
Joe Root, who led a one-man England side once again top-scoring in both innings, was left “frustrated” for his side not being able to cash-in on the nervy moments after they had, some might feel, started Day 5 as the favourites. The skipper too acknowledges that his side had a “very strong position” in the game before the Bumrah-Shami heroics.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite manage to see out today which is very frustrating. But there’s still a lot of cricket to be played in the series. We went from a very strong position where we looked like we would win the game to losing,” Joe Root said at the post-match presentation.
“More than anything just got a few things wrong. That partnership, they did pretty well. But lots of things I’d do differently if given an opportunity,” he added.
Mark Wood, Moeen Ali positive in the game: Joe Root
When asked if England gained nay positive, the skipper was quick to point out the performances of Mark Wood, who has to take over the high-pace enforcer role in place of Jofra Archer, and Moeen Ali, who contributed with both bat and ball.
“His attitude (Mark Wood), the way he goes about things. Mo’s (Moeen Ali) come back well. There are things we can take from this game. We’re used to playing five-match series. Important not to panic and stay calm,” Root said.