England head coach Chris Silverwood on Friday dismissed talks about filing any formal ICC complaints over Motera’s pitch, but said he expected the surface to hold up a bit longer after his team lost the third test against India in two days.
Motera’s pitch came under heavy criticism from some former players after England were eliminated for 112 and 81 in both sets as India crushed them by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the series. four game tests. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, however, credited the spinners rather than blaming the pitch.
“First and foremost, just to follow up on what Joe (Root) said yesterday, he got five for 8, but at the same time, it doesn’t matter what the field did or didn’t do, India has finally played better than us on this surface, probably pushed us to extremes that our players have never known before, ”he said at a virtual press conference.
“We expected the wicket to hold up a bit longer than it did,” he added.
When asked if England was going to file a formal complaint with the ICC, Silverwood said: ‘Look, we’re going to be talking about some things behind the scenes obviously, but at the same time we were really disappointed with it. having lost with three days left … But unfortunately the game has ended, we are where we are.
“So from my perspective now he’s heading into the next game and how do we make amends and make sure we come in and fight and draw the series.”
The final test starts here on March 4.
Asked what he meant by behind-the-scenes discussions, the coach said: “We spoke to Javagal (Srinath, match referee) but not about the pitch. I think Joe and I are really going to sit down for a conversation about this and see where it goes.
“We have to accept that we have to improve on these grounds, there are places where we could improve. You look at the first rounds, we had the opportunity to score more points and make the most of the pitch. “
Asked further if there would be a formal complaint, Silverwood said, “I’m not getting into this conversation, this is something Joe and I need to talk about.”
While India went with three spinners, England opted for just one at Jack Leach for the day-night pink ball test.
“Joe got 5 for 8, so the second spinner worked well for us,” said Silverwood.
“Looking back in the history of pink ball testing, the ball flipped for us, Jimmy and all of them had movement during practice. With the experience we had and having two of our bowlers in the top 10 of the standings, we celebrated this pink ball, it would have been an opportunity for the designers to have an impact for us.
Speaking of the type of terrain possible for the fourth and final test, Silverwood said, “I would like the pitch for the fourth test to be a little flatter, that would suit our game plan. But we’ll see what the box office looks like in the next few days and we’ll really take it from there.
Silverwood also gave credit to the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and said the experience of playing in such difficult conditions will help England in the future.
“I have to give credit to their spinners, obviously Ashwin is a world class spinner, second fastest at 400 wickets, which is fantastic, we are up against a class act, and secondly Patel, he was very precise, I mean, to hit the medium strains on the first ball shows me how accurate it is, ”he said.
“So when some balls go round and some don’t, it’s difficult. But we have to find a way, but I think the experience will hold us in good stead. It wasn’t just our drummers who struggled, if you look at the number of LBWs India has evacuated.