Edgbaston game was fabulous advert for Test cricket: Root

  • Edgbaston game was fabulous advert for Test cricket: Root

Edgbaston game was fabulous advert for Test cricket: Root

England will be looking to go 2-0 up in their five-match series with India when the second Test begins at Lord's on Thursday, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Cricket.

"Fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?"

Ben Stokes led the way on Saturday with a haul of four for 40 that included the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli for 51 after the star batsman had made 149, his maiden Test century in England, in the tourists' first innings.

With the crowd up, Stokes sensed an opportunity and three balls later he nicked out Mohammed Shami to leave England two wickets from victory.

Root said that although England got a few things wrong, they never let go of the belief to win. Tormented the Indian top-three batsmen with his medium-pace and did the damage again to Pandya.

Pacer Ishant Sharma took five wickets and spinner R Ashwin three as England added 171 runs to their overnight score of nine for one.

"A team like England is relentless, they made us work very hard for our runs".

England captain Joe Root said the determination his team mates showed will prove vital going forward. Second-best to Adelaide. One that I'll remember.

"All batters were in trouble - even Kohli, who I don't think was all that comfortable early on (on Saturday)". "That gives us a great amount of confidence going into the rest of the series as well", he added.

Stuart Broad took two wickets in two overs as India slipped to 78-5 in pursuit of their highest successful chase in England. But ultimately, we've seen throughout this game that the ball has move around so if we put it in the right areas for long enough, we'd get our rewards. India now looked to Pandya and Ishant Sharma to take them to just their seventh win in 58 Tests in England.

Pandya hit a flurry of boundaries to ease the Indian nerves but Ben Stokes got rid of the Indian captain with his second delivery of the day.

"I'm the type of person who just tries to do that and not worry about what people think and I'm lucky enough a few balls came out of the middle".

"I'd be lying if I said our batting wasn't a concern", Bayliss said.

"I couldn't be prouder of that".

Former England captain Nasser Hussain lavished praise on young England all-rounder Sam Curran for his match-winning display against India at the Edgbaston Test.

"The reason Sam's played is firstly for his performances that he's put in for Surrey". England's Geoff Pullar scored 26 on his 26th birthday in 1961 Manchester Test against Australia on August 1st. He's made some big contributions for his county side and a big part of that team. "Whenever you watch him (Curran) operate on the field he has this desire and steeliness within him which is similar to Ben - he wants to be involved in the big occasions", Root explained.

Kohli, who powered India to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in 2008 and then won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017, is the 76th player to top the Test batting rankings.