England captain Joe Root on Tuesday refused to blame the rotation policy and team selection after suffering a crushing 317-run defeat against India in the second Test, stating that he has a superb squad of capable players. The England batsmen failed to face the Indian spinners, making the four-match series 1–1.
Root said in the press conference after the match, ‘My job is to manage our team of players present here. I am trying to do this to the best of my ability. I think we have some great players who are capable of winning here. He said, “Once the team is selected, it is my responsibility to get the best performance from them and win as many matches as possible.”
Many former veterans criticized England’s rotation policy under which they were given rest to influential players like James Anderson and Jose Butler. Off-spinner Moin Ali, who took eight wickets in the second Test, is also going back home. Root said, ‘It is difficult and challenging but in the present times everything is like this. In the era of Covid-19 epidemic, we have to manage everything in the cricket we are playing.
England will now have to win the remaining two matches of the series to secure a place in the ICC World Test Championship. For the next match, he said, ‘We will try to make sure that the last 11 players are happy by seeing the whole team and they can do well in pink light with pink ball. It will be a team that can take advantage of the circumstances. He said, ‘Yes Moin Ali wanted to go back home. It was a difficult time for him. If the players want to go out of the bio-safe environment then they have a choice. Hope he feels good. Moin could not land on the tour of Sri Lanka due to the grip of Covid-19. When asked about Archer, he said, ‘There is a possibility of his return. He has been practicing for the last few days and is available for selection.