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England unlikely to take pitch frustrations to referee and instead focus on avoiding series defeat


England unlikely to take frustrations over state of the pitch in Ahmedabad to ICC match referee Javagal Srinath with Joe Root and Co to instead focus on avoiding series defeat in India

  • Head coach Chris Silverwood indicated he would meet with the ICC referee
  • The surface at Ahmedabad has produced 30 wickets in five sessions so far 
  • England have decided to focus their efforts though on squaring the series 

England are unlikely to take their grievances over the Ahmedabad pitch to ICC match referee Javagal Srinath – and will focus instead on trying to become the first visiting side in over eight years to avoid a series defeat in India.

Head coach Chris Silverwood had indicated that he and captain Joe Root would meet with Srinath to discuss the merits of a surface that produced 30 wickets in five sessions, with India eventually winning by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead into this week’s final Test.

But it is understood the tourists have decided that they are better off training their sights on squaring the series, rather than rake over old ground and risk looking like whingers.

Chris Silverwood and Joe Root had concerns over the surface of the Ahmedabad pitch

Chris Silverwood and Joe Root had concerns over the surface of the Ahmedabad pitch

India currently hold a 2-1 lead over England heading into the final test of the series

India currently hold a 2-1 lead over England heading into the final test of the series

The changing attitude in the England camp was summed up by batting coach Jonathan Trott, who preferred to single out the team’s meagre first-innings 112 for their two-day defeat, and not the conditions

‘It was the same for both sides,’ he said. ‘We had the upper hand a bit after winning the toss, and I always like to see what we could have done better, instead of blame things.

‘We should have got a few more runs in the first innings. If we’d got 200 or 250, it would have been a very different game. 

‘Looking at blaming the pitch, when both teams had to bat on it, would be doing yourselves a disservice. Yes, the ball did spin and some skidded on a bit, but it was the same for both sides.

‘There are different conditions in different countries all around the world. That’s what makes Test cricket so unique. All I know is, whatever is provided for the next Test, we’re going to have to out-skill the Indian side on it.’

England have decided to focus their efforts though on avoiding series defeat in India

England have decided to focus their efforts though on avoiding series defeat in India

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