Root admits he "got a few things wrong" as England captain after India defeat
Joe Root has admitted that he "got a few things wrong" as England captain after his side was beaten by India in the second Test at Lord's.
India started the day with a lead of 154 runs and only one recognised batsman, Rishabh Pant, still in.
England managed to dismiss Pant for just 22, with Ollie Robinson getting the explosive wicketkeeper-batsman caught behind.
The dismissal made England favourites to go on and win the game, with India having a long tail.
However, that tail proceeded to wag, with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami putting on an unbeaten 89-run partnership which gave India a 271 run lead when captain Virat Kohli decided to declare.
Although the pair deserve a lot of credit for the way they batted, Root's tactics came under fire, with England persisting with a barrage of short bowling instead of looking to hit the stumps.
The likes of Shane Warne, Michael Atherton and Michael Vaughan were all critical of Root, with Warne stating that England had been "terrible tactically", Atherton saying they had "lost the plot" and Vaughan claiming that Root had "over thought it".
Speaking to BBC Test Match Special, Root acknowledged that he should have "managed things slightly different" and vowed to "learn from that experience".
"It was a disappointing day," he said. "At the start of the day we were very much in control of things and to get Rishabh early, as we did, was exceptional.
"In the first hour of play we were brilliant again and I thought we were in a very strong position to go on and win the Test match.
"Tactically I got a few things wrong, and a lot falls on my shoulders in that respect.
"The game could have looked very different at lunch time if I had managed things slightly different and I will learn from that experience and make sure that in similar scenarios I deal with it better.
"Sometimes it can be quite difficult because they score in quite unusual areas.
"You are trying to manage the game and holding the rate with finding ways of taking wickets. I probably got that slightly wrong."
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Root added: "A lot of it falls on my shoulders, as captain you take responsibility. Tactically I could have done things different this morning and we went from a very strong position where we looked like we would go on and win to the game to being behind and making it very difficult for ourselves.
"I've got to do a lot of learning and that if we find ourselves in a similar position that tactically I am better."
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