India vs England: Guests admit hosts performed higher in third Take a look at, reject talks of elevating criticism about pitch
Ahmedabad: England head coach Chris Silverwood on Friday rejected talks of lodging any formal criticism to the ICC concerning the Motera pitch however mentioned he had anticipated the floor to carry up a little bit longer after his staff misplaced the third Take a look at in opposition to India inside two days.
The Motera pitch got here in for sharp criticism from some former gamers after England had been bowled out for 112 and 81 within the two innings as India crushed them by 10 wickets to seize a 2-1 lead within the four-match Take a look at sequence. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, nevertheless, credited the spinners fairly than blaming the pitch.
“In the beginning, simply to comply with up from what Joe (Root) mentioned yesterday, he obtained 5 for 8, however on the identical time regardless of the pitch did or did not do, India in the end performed higher than us on that floor, most likely pushed us to the extremes of which our gamers have not skilled earlier than,” he mentioned throughout a digital press convention.
“We did count on the wicket to carry up a little bit longer than it did,” he added.
Requested if England will lodge a proper criticism to the ICC, Silverwood mentioned: “Hear, we can be speaking about some issues behind the scene clearly, however on the identical time, we had been actually disenchanted that we misplaced with three days left … However sadly the sport did end, we’re the place we’re.
“So, from my perspective now it’s heading to the subsequent recreation and the way can we make amends and ensure we come up combating and draw the sequence.”
The ultimate Take a look at begins right here on 4 March.
Requested to elaborate what he meant by behind the scene discussions, the coach mentioned: “We now have spoken to Javagal (Srinath, match referee) however not in regards to the pitch. I believe Joe and I gonna sit down for a dialog about it actually and see the place it goes.
“We now have to just accept that now we have to get higher on this pitches, there are locations the place we may enhance. You have a look at the primary innings we had alternative to attain extra runs and make one of the best use of the pitch.”
Probed additional if there can be any formal criticism, Silverwood mentioned: “I’m not going into that dialog, it’s one thing me and Joe have to speak about.”
Whereas India went with three spinners, England opted for only one in Jack Leach for the day-night pink ball Take a look at.
“Joe obtained 5 for 8 so the second spinner did tremendous for us,” Silverwood mentioned.
“Trying again in historical past in pink-ball Checks, the ball swung for us, Jimmy and all obtained motion throughout apply. With expertise we had and having two of our bowlers within the prime 10 within the rating, we fet with this pink ball, it might have been a chance for seamers to make an affect for us.”
Speaking about attainable sort of pitch for the fourth and remaining Take a look at, Silverwood mentioned: “I would really like the pitch within the fourth Take a look at to be a bit flatter, it might swimsuit our recreation plan. However we are going to see what the wicket appears like within the coming days and we are going to take it from there actually.”
Silverwood additionally gave credit score to Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and mentioned the expertise of taking part in on such tough situations will assist England in future.
“Gotta give their spinners some credit score, clearly Ashwin is a world class spinner, second quickest to 400 wickets which is implausible, we’re up in opposition to a category act, and secondly Patel, he was very correct, I imply, to hit the center stumps in first ball to me reveals how correct he’s,” he mentioned.
“So when some balls flip and a few do not, it’s tough. However now we have to discover a approach, however I believe the expertise will maintain us in good stead. It isn’t simply our batsmen who struggled, if you happen to have a look at the variety of LBWs that India obtained out.”
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