Prior to the first test in England, it was decided that the DRS operation will not be utilized in the 5-match test series between India and England. In the first test itself, criticism arose about the on-field calls and two debatable decisions went against England in the first test. And on that instant, the English side is pretty much unpleased. Even Joe Root exclaimed his displeasure by saying that it is a little frustrating to play without the Decision Review System (DRS).
Two of the English batsmen’s dismissal in the likes of Sam Robson and Matt Prior were doubtful. With those two decisions going against England, it could have turned the game’s fate.
Root even said that when there is no DRS, it becomes frustrating and unjustified. But he also added by saying that nothing con not be done about it at the present moment so it is better to move on. Root made a valiant effort for England in the first innings and was involved in the record-breaking 10th wicket stand with Anderson. Root did not blame his batting line up for their collapse from a stage of 134 for 1 to 202 for 7. They recovered well and went on to score 496. He said that the English top order is pretty good and they can have a perfect day mostly. It was just a day that went against them. He also said that they have learnt from their mistakes and will come back strongly from the next time.
He also added about the fact that even if their top order fails, they have tail-enders to recover them from the situation and they have proved that in the first innings of the first test with a record breaking 198 runs stand for the last wicket.
He also stated that India failed to carry on with the momentum which they had gained earlier and from the third session of Day 3, the English men dominated in the game and each of the tail-enders in the likes of Plunkett, Broad and Anderson played brilliantly. Anderson’s innings of 81 runs was exceptional though.
Asking about the fate of the test, the English batsman said that they have recovered well from the initial setback and at present as it stands, we are heading towards a test draw.