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England batsman Joe Root has lauded the national team’s tailenders for the gutsy performance they showcased following the collapse of the top and middle order.
England were in dire straits when they lost six wickets during the afternoon session on the third day of the first Test against India in Nottingham.
“We were up against it at a stage and the way the guys came out and played after tea was sensational,” Root told Sky Sports. “Broady put all the pressure back on them and a lot of credit has to go to Jimmy (Anderson) as well. The way he dealt with that pressure has given us a way back into the game.
“Me and Jimmy have got some good work to do tomorrow so hopefully we’ll keep going and keep working on our partnership.”
Root also denied suggestions that the national team had let their nerves get the better of them.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “We’ve just got to maybe try and assess it a little quicker when they’re on top and playing well and try and get through those tough periods.
“We’ve got a lot of inexperience which is part of being in this side and we’ll only get better and learn more the more we play.
“We’ve got to learn quickly at this level and the key is that, when we are in that situation again, we make sure we get through it and put a really big total on the board.”
Root added that England really benefited from the tea break as it gave them time to regroup.
“The tea break coming when it did broke up the rhythm of the way they were playing and it gave us a good opportunity to regroup,” he said. “We came out as a team and played a better style of cricket.
“The way Broady came out and attacked them was fantastic, he put all the pressure back on their bowlers and hence we had a really good last session.”
Meanwhile, India pace bowler Ishant Sharma revealed that he felt like he was bowling in Delhi.
Sharma played a vital role with the ball and picked up the wickets of Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell.
“We are familiar with these kind of wickets – because in India we also get them,” he said. “We can’t control these things. We are touring England – England is not touring India.”