Joe Root expects England to improve further after hammering India at Lord’s

first_imgJoe Root was a happy man as the win over India in the second Test was nowhere near as stressful as the first one at Edgbaston a week back.England dominated right from the word go at Lord’s and they wrapped up the game within four days to cap off their incredible show at the Home of Cricket.The Indian batsmen had struggled throughout the match and the fourth day of the match was no different as Stuart Broad and James Anderson ran through the Indian batting, picking up eight wickets amongst themselves before Man-of-the-Match Chris Wokaes dismissed Ishant Sharma in India’s second innings and handed them a humiliating innings and 159-run victory in the match.And, Root was extremely pleased with his bowlers and lauded them for their exceptional show throughout the game.”Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions of the batsman. To get that far in front, testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes,” said Root.Also read – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sROOOOOOT!!!Highlights: https://t.co/MTbD6n0GgN#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/vcwTaagL7PEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 12, 2018Captain Root was also full of praise for Woakes, who made his return to Test cricket as Ben Stokes’ replacement and struck a century and took four important wickets in the match.”Really pleased for Woaksey. Number of occasions he scored how talented he is with the bat. Chuffed to bits for Woakes. State of the game, everything about it, and him coming back into the side, someone who’s always been a big part of the squad, great to see him have the rewards. When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve. ,” said an elated Root.(DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)advertisementRoot also heaped praise on young Ollie Pope, 20, who made his debut for England in place of Dawid Malan.”Really good position to be in at the moment. Got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. I thought he (Pope) played really well. He batted at a very challenging time. To come in and put pressure back on the opposition was a great sign. We knew what he was capable of doing, we’ve seen him in county cricket. To see him fit seamlessly in the environment is a pleasing sight.,” Root said.He signed off by saying that the team is capable of playing even better and they will come out all guns blazing and look to seal the five-match series at Trent Bridge.”Obviously got another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, lots of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. Great team performance,” said Root.Also read – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to lose Stuart Broad took 4/44 in the second innings of the Lord’s Test (AP Photo)Stuart Broad was also excited with the “powerful” performance and said that the conditions played in their favour and to win it at Lord’s after an “emotional” Test at Edgbaston was good.”I think it was a powerful performance from the team right up there. The emotions of the Test match at Edgbaston last week, so close that went, it took a lot out of us. So, it was great of us to come at Lord’s with the same amount of intensity and energy. We got the best of the conditions. The clouds seemed to work for us and also the sun was out when we were batting. There was a lot of skill involved with the side.”We are delighted with the way we performed. When the ball is swinging it gets easy to chase, with five slips in place all the time. The economy rates were very good and we didn’t give India too many freebies. We made Pujara work so hard for his runs. 87 balls, I think. There was always a ball with the batsman’s name on it. It was a really strong performance by all our bowlers and it really worked,” Broad said.Broad, who got the wickets of Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik on back-to-back deliveries, was on a hat-trick but he ended up bowling a wayward delivery to Ashwin, that went for four byes and he was extremely disappointed with that.advertisement”I was gutted when the rain came in, I was really getting in the rhythm then. It was a real shame. I didn’t bowl much from the pavilion end much. It was nice to get a chance from this end. The hat-trick ball was disappointing, it was so bad. I started it too straight,” Broad said.Also read – James Anderson first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’sBroad shared that the plan for the English team was to rotate the four fast bowlers.”We talked a lot before the series. About the bowlers rotating a bit. We are feeling pretty fresh and we have a few calm days before the Trent Bridge Test,” said Broad.A fantastic all-round performance! 4 wickets and a brilliant maiden century nets @chriswoakes the Player of the Match award! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/izHZInO1udICC (@ICC) August 12, 2018He also praised Woakes for his wonderful all-round performance.”Woakes is such a wonderful player, he’s great at everything he does. Lord’s is a wonderful place. Walking through the long room, is such a great feeling and something that you take with you,” Broad said before signing off.The teams will have a few days off now as the next Test at Trent Bridge starts on August 18.last_img

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