Joe Root says England have to be ‘honest and realistic’ about woeful batting display in India

Joe Root says England have to be ‘honest and realistic’ about their woeful batting display after humbling series defeat in India… as skipper demands they improve ahead of a big year of Test cricket

Joe Root warned England must be ‘honest and realistic’ after another woeful batting performance in India.

Root demanded his side to learn from their humbling series defeat, which was confirmed as the visitors lost the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs.    

The England captain highlighted the win in the first Test in Chennai as the biggest positive his side could take but acknowledged his side have improvements to make. 

Joe Root says England have to be honest and realistic about their batting performances

The visitors lost by an innings and 25 runs in the fourth Test as India won the series 3-1

The visitors lost by an innings and 25 runs in the fourth Test as India won the series 3-1 

‘I think the way we played in the first game, obviously, (was a positive)’ Root said. 

‘I think the kind of character showed by the guys, of course the last three games have been quite testing for us and we haven’t been able to match India – but huge credit to them they have out-played us.

‘We have got to be honest, we have got to be realistic about things and we have just got to keep looking to get better, keep looking to learn and keep looking to improve individually and as a group and know we have still got a big year of Test cricket ahead of us.

‘It is really important that we become a better side for this experience and for this series and we keep looking to evolve and move forward.’

Root said his England squad have to keep improving ahead of a big year of Test cricket

Root said his squad have to keep improving ahead of a big year of Test cricket

After winning the first Test, England were outplayed by India in the following three matches

After winning the first Test, England were outplayed by India in the following three matches

Asked where England could have improved, Root added: ‘I think there are a few key areas of the game where India managed to grab them and we didn’t.

‘Of course there were times we maybe didn’t score the runs we would have liked and the way we went about things could have been better but ultimately credit has to go to India, they have out-played us on the surfaces we had in front of us and good look to them in the final (against New Zealand).’

Ravichandran Ashwin was named man of the series and was pleased to see India secure their place in the inaugural World Test Championship showpiece.

Asked what was most pleasing about the win, he replied: ‘The fact that we have qualified for the World Test championship final, because at the start of the series we came from a real high in Australia and we lost the first test in Chennai.

‘The penny hadn’t dropped and we had to pick ourselves up and win three on the trot. It is one of the best series wins we have had in the last few years.’