IND vs ENG 3rd Test: Brendon McCullum, England’s head coach, has spoken about his star batsman, Joe Root, who didn’t perform well in the last two Tests. He said, “Joe Root is a top-notch player, as good as anyone on the England team. He was making a strong effort in the aggressive second innings of the second Test.”
The English team had a tough time with Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling during the second test. But McCullum has hope that his team can tackle this situation. Bumrah scored six wickets in the first innings and three in the second, demonstrating his fast-paced bowling talent on a pitch that helped spin bowlers.
McCullum answered about handling Bumrah in the next three tests, saying, “We do not dwell on the past; what matters is that our players have a clear mindset and readiness. Their self-confidence and determination define how the game will go. England’s batsmen are highly skilled and will adapt to handle Indian bowlers.”
He also appreciated Bumrah’s talent, stating, “There’s no denying Bumrah is a superb bowler. We’ve played against top bowlers in the past 18 months and managed to handle them, and we’ll do the same now. Despite some errors in the second test, we won the first. Our performance shows the fighting ability of our team.”
McCullum also mentioned their plans after the second test. The English team moved to their base in Abu Dhabi. They plan to rest, watch their fitness and return to India on February 12 for the third test, which starts on February 15. They will use this time to recuperate and prepare for the matches ahead.
Discussing Joe Root again, McCullum said, “He is up there with the best in England’s team. In the aggressive second innings of the second test, he was on a comeback trail. Sometimes a bold approach works. With three more Tests to go, he still can score heavily.”