England were stupid with their tactics, India were brilliant: Geoffrey Boycott


England,
who
started
day
five
of
the
Lord’s
Test
in
a
strong
position,
eventually
lost
the
game
by
151
runs
to
a
“brilliant”
India.

Words
were
exchanged
regularly
between
the
players
but
India
fed
off
the
intense
atmosphere
to
lift
their
game
while
the
hosts
got
sidetracked.

“This
Test
match
has
proved
two
things.
Firstly,
if
you
are
stupid
you
do
not
deserve
to
win
Test
matches.
As
much
as
we
love
Joe
Root
for
his
magnificent
batting,
he
cocked
up
with
his
tactics.

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“Secondly,
England
cannot
keep
relying
on
Joe
for
all
their
runs.
There
has
to
be
an
improvement
from
the
top
three
very
soon
because
it
is
getting
beyond
a
joke,”
Boycott,
a
former
England
captain,
wrote
in
The
Telegraph.

England
spread
the
field
out
when
Jasprit
Bumrah
and
Mohammad
Shami
were
batting,
and
the
two
pacers
ended
up
sharing
a
record
89-run
stand
for
India
to
set
England
a
272-run
target.
The
hosts
were
bowled
out
for
120
with
less
than
10
overs
remaining
in
the
game.

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“Joe
had
been
doing
well
with
his
field
placings
and
captaincy
but
seeing
Jasprit
Bumrah
at
the
crease
was
like
a
red
rag
to
a
bull.

“He
encouraged
Mark
Wood
to
just
pepper
him
with
fast
short
balls.
It
is
obvious
the
England
captain
and
some
of
his
players
wanted
payback
for
the
working
over
Bumrah
gave
James
Anderson
in
the
first
innings.

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“Tempers
were
frayed.
Heated
words
were
exchanged
as
England
seemed
more
intent
on
hitting
Bumrah
and
Mohammad
Shami
instead
of
getting
them
out.

“The
tail
swiped
and
edged.
The
field
spread
out
on
both
sides
of
the
wickets
to
stop
the
run
scoring
and
England
suffered
the
embarrassment
of
India
declaring.”

Boycott
also
gave
India
due
credit
for
pulling
off
a
famous
win.

“At
the
start
of
play,
England
were
favourites
and
I
couldn’t
believe
England
would
be
so
poor
but
congratulations
India.
You
were
absolutely
brilliant.”



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