LONDON: Joe Root says he believes his England side will come back “with a strong response” against India after the visitors took just 17 balls to wrap up a 203-run victory on the final day of the third Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
England, set a mammoth 521 to win, were bowled out for 317 as India picked up the last remaining wicket needed for victory when Ravichandran Ashwin had James Anderson caught at slip for 11 – the first wicket for an India spinner in this fixture.
Adil Rashid finished unbeaten on 33, after Jos Buttler’s maiden Test century on Tuesday had helped England take the match to a fifth day.
But Virat Kohli’s side got the job done with little fuss with the five-match series poised at 2-1 with the fourth Test starting at Southampton on August 30.
England captain Root pinpointed a first-innings slump that saw them rattled out for 161 in a single session as the reason for defeat.
“India played extremely well – you have to give credit to them for doing it,” he said. “I think its fair to say we very much under-performed in that innings.
“You look at the second innings and that partnership between Jos and Ben [Stokes]) and that’s a real lesson to us as to how to play Test-match cricket.
“Not the fact that they scored at a slow rate but the way they adapted to the situation, the way they built that partnership and the way they looked very clear how they would score their runs.
“That’s a really nice thing to see and to learn from and we have to look at that and adapt our games individually and make sure when we turn up at Southampton we give ourselves the best chance of getting scores of over 400.
“I’m sure that we’ll come back with a strong response.”