England captain Joe Root was visibly elated by his team’s all-round performance in a series-leveling win over Virat Kohli-led India on Day 4 of the Headingley Test on Saturday. Root hailed his bowlers for a clinical performance as Ollie Robinson struck four times with the second new ball to help England win the third Test by an innings and 76 runs and level the series.
Resuming on an overnight score of 215-2, the visitors crashed to 278 all out before lunch, with the Indian middle-order once again failing miserably against the pace and guile of the England fast bowlers. It was a match that England won by executing their strategies to perfection with an idea of the opposition’s soft underbellies.
“t was a fantastic and clinical performance from the bowlers. The two big lads put loads of pressure with three maidens, and we had a really good opportunity to take wickets and we took them ruthlessly. We know we are capable of performances like this, and we have the talent, that opening stand was fantastic too,” Root said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Anderson is GOAT: Root
Root had reserved special praise for veteran pacer James Anderson as the England captain said that he is the GOAT of Test cricket and sets an example for the other bowlers.
“We controlled and hung in with the new ball, and we reaped the rewards. Anderson churns out performances like that and that’s why he’s the GOAT of Test cricket. He’s very fit and sets an example for the other bowlers.
“Dawid played beautifully and started a bit cautiously, but once he got going, he was fluent like he’d been playing the last few years, so the international experience came to the fore. As a batter, you are expected to go out and score every time and I am happy I’ve managed to score a few,” Root added.
It was Robinson’s second five-for in the series and the tall seamer after a difficult initiation to Test cricket due to off-field controversies is proving to be an asset for this team.
“It’s been a while since I got a hundred in my home ground and I hope we can carry this form forward as a team into the Oval. Robinson has been brilliant, and he’s asked good questions of their defense. He’s managed to move the ball throughout the innings, not just with the new ball.
“Buttler’s availability will be known in the next few days (paternity leave). As this is my home ground, I’ve watched a lot of cricket here, so I thank them for all the great support,” Root signed off.
The fourth Test starts at The Oval on Thursday with the series tied 1-1.