Jos Buttler said England will dust themselves down and come back hard after their horrific batting show on day of the ongoing third England vs India Test at Trent Bridge.
The results in the first two games had taken the focus off England’s recent batting shows in Test cricket. Even in the first Test of the series, they had suffered two inexplicable collapses. In the first innings, they were all out for 287 despite being only three down for 216 at one stage. In the second innings, India shot them out for 180.
A century from Chris Woakes helped them put up a good batting show at Lord’s. However, their recent knack of collapses came back to haunt them as India bowled them out for just 161. Barring Buttler, who scored 39 off 32, to give the scoreboard some respectability, none of the English batsmen made any significant contribution.
Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook had added 54 runs for the first wicket. But once both departed on successive deliveries, the rest of the lineup fell like a pack of cards. England are now firmly on the backfoot as India extended their lead to 292 with seven wickets in hand at the end of day two.
The hosts now need something really extraordinary to claw their way back in the game. And Buttler said the team would bounce back on day three.
“We’ve had a poor day today, very disappointing, but we’ll dust ourselves down and come back hard tomorrow,” Buttler said. “It’s important we can recognise why it’s happened and improve.
“When we’ve got that momentum, when we’ve been bowling, it felt like we were going to take a wicket every ball.
“It comes down to how can you wrestle back the initiative – maybe with a counter-attacking style or someone trying to sit in and be a bit of a limpet for an hour and ride that session out. But obviously we weren’t good enough to do that today,” he added.
England lost all their ten wickets inside a session. For the third time in the last two years, England were bowled out inside a session. The other two instances happened in Mirpur 2016 and Auckland 2018.
Buttler further praised England’s work ethic but was unable to explain the cause of the team’s frequent collapses.
“It comes down to the guys working hard, being disciplined, practice, all of the above,” Buttler said. “Rightly, people say it’s been happening too often – which it has. Guys have got to improve. We know that as a side – to get to where we want to go, we need to eradicate these collapses.
“The key is trying not to make the same mistakes. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again, whether that’s as an individual or as a team. If there’s an obvious weakness as an individual, you need to work on it – or as a team, is there a similar thing we need to make sure it’s not happening?
“There’s no magic answer, I don’t think, apart from hard work,” he added.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara would start the proceedings with the bat on day three with the scoreboard reading 124 for 2. England are leading the series 2-0.