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Had chances to get on top but we did not manage: Root

England lost the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs to let India claim the series 3-1 and book a place in the WTC final

Had chances to get on top but we did not manage: Root

Joe Root reacts in pain after being hit by a delivery during the third day of the 4th and final Test between India and England in Ahmedabad on Saturday. PTI



Ahmedabad, March 6

England captain Joe Root on Saturday mourned the opportunities his team squandered in the lost fourth Test, saying they let slip the advantageous positions from where they could have been on top of the game.

India trounced England by an innings and 25 runs when at one stage the hosts were struggling at 121 for five but ended up taking a match--winning 160-run lead.

Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel took the game away from England with their fearless approach.

"There have been times we had a chance to wrestle the game in our favour, to get on top, just didn't manage to do it," Root said at the post-match press conference.

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"India played those important, key moments better than us in these last three games and credit them for being able to do that better than we do.

"So, it has been disappointing, it has been frustrating to finish the series on a note that we have but we are going to keep looking forward as a team," said Root.

But not all was doom and gloom for Root, who found solace in the fact that his wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and left-arm spinner Jack Leach performed their roles to the best of their abilities.

"Ben's keeping this series has been excellent, I think, he is arguably the best keeper in the world, he is a fine player," the skipper said.

"What I am impressed is with how Jack has performed on this trip, he has been brilliant, he has certainly got better and better as the tour progressed and he has been a very attacking option," added Root.

For India, Ashwin grabbed 32 wickets in the series, while Axar snared 27 to floor England. PTI


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