London, August 17 (IANS) England head coach Chris Silverwood has admitted that his team missed a trick against India’s tail ends that allowed them to set up valuable races that eventually cost the hosts the match and allowed the visitors to lead 1-0 in five- Test Series.
India’s No. 8 Mohammed Shami and No. 9 Jasprit Bumrah added an unbeaten 89 to the ninth wicket to put England on a 271-run goal in 60 overs. England succumbed to the pressure and lost the second Test, at Lord, by 151 runs.
“One thing we need to get good at is removing the tail or the lower order batsmen,” Silverwood told the English media.
The former paceman in England added that aggression against Indian tail was fine. “I do not mind the aggressive approach.”
However, he said they had to get back to plan A before. Plan A was apparently bowling of regular lines and lengths and not scary lengths, as England did as part of the payback to Bumrah, who had bowled short things at James Anderson in England’s first innings.
The scary lengths eventually allowed the Indian tail to score freely.
Root had admitted after the match that they could have bowled better.
“I agree with Joe, we could probably go back to level A faster than we did. That is one of the things we must learn from without a shadow of a doubt. And if we got our time back, as Joe said, we would probably consider doing things a little differently, ”Silverwood added.
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