Cricket: Root. Sensational fightback

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Joe Root praised a “sensational” effort from the England tail as they helped him reverse much of the damage done by an afternoon collapse on day three against India at Trent Bridge.
England lost six wickets for 74 runs between lunch and tea, but Root emerged to make 78 not out, with Stuart Broad (48) and James Anderson (23no) helping him to steer the hosts to 352-9 at stumps.
Root told Sky Sports: “We were up against it at a stage and the way the guys  came out and played after tea was sensational.
“Broady put all the pressure back on them and a lot of credit has to go to Jimmy (Anderson) as well. The way he dealt with that pressure has given us a way back into the game.
“Me and Jimmy have got some good work to do tomorrow so hopefully we’ll keep going and keep working on our partnership.”
Root rejected suggestions England had let their nerves get the better of them while the wickets tumbled before tea.
“I don’t think so,” he added. “We’ve just got to maybe try and assess it a little quicker when they’re on top and playing well and try and get through those tough periods.
“We’ve got a lot of inexperience which is part of being in this side and we’ll only get better and learn more the more we play.
“We’ve got to learn quickly at this level and the key is that, when we are in that situation again, we make sure we get through it and put a really big total on the board.”
The Yorkshire batsman admitted the interval played a decisive role in switching the Investec Test match back in England’s favour.
Root added: “The tea break coming when it did broke up the rhythm of the way they were playing and it gave us a good opportunity to regroup.
“We came out as a team and played a better style of cricket.
“The way Broady came out and attacked them was fantastic, he put all the pressure back on their bowlers and hence we had a really good last session.”
Ishant Sharma played a key role for India – taking the wickets of Gary Ballance, Sam Robson and Ian Bell – and later confirmed he feels very much at home bowling on a surface akin to his native Delhi.
“We are familiar with these kind of wickets – because in India we also get them,” said the tall seamer.
“We can’t control these things. We are touring England – England is not touring India.”
It has not always seemed that way these past three days, in a match played on one of the slowest surfaces ever prepared for international cricket in this country.

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