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We Will Come Back Stronger - Joe Root

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By AFP News
February 26, 2021 • 12:11 PM View: 1440

But it was the spinners on both teams -- including part-timer Root who took five for eight in India's first innings -- who claimed almost all the wickets and bowled the majority of the overs.

However Root said that conditions before the inaugural game -- a day-night match -- in the world's biggest cricket stadium had appeared to suit England's fearsome stable of fast bowlers.


"We thought the wicket was going to hold together a bit better than it did, and throughout the whole practice days it seamed around, it swung prodigiously and seam looked a real threatening option," Root said.

"(It is) easier in hindsight to say otherwise and select a different team but we wanted to give our seamers, which we feel is a big strength of ours, a chance to exploit those conditions," he said.

- 'Fit for purpose' -

Amid criticism from commentators about the surface, Root said that the surface was "very challenging, very difficult" and that it was up to the International Cricket Council, not the players, to decide whether it was "fit for purpose".

"I am sure that off the back of this things will get looked at (by the ICC)…. It has certainly been a challenging surface, a challenging two surfaces the last two games," he said.

"It's a real shame, it's a fantastic stadium, there are 60,000 people come to watch a brilliant iconic Test match and I feel for them. They have come to watch Virat Kohli face Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad or Jack Leach, and watch Ashwin against our top batters like Ben Stokes. I almost feel like they have been robbed, (that) instead they have had to watch me get wickets, which shouldn't be the case."

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