India have completed a 3-1 series victory against England after winning the fourth Test by an innings and 25 runs.
Despite a defiant batting display from Dan Lawrence, the tourists were unable to force Virat Kohli’s side to bat again after conceding a 160-run first innings lead.
England weren’t able to get the early wickets they needed this morning as an impressive innings from Washington Sundar, with support from Axar Patel, helped India reach 365.
Ben Stokes wrapped up the tail to finish with figures of 4-89 from his 27.4 overs and leave the hosts 160 ahead after their first innings.
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley negotiated a difficult opening spell to move through to lunch at 6/0 but after the break, wickets tumbled.
Ravi Ashwin removed Crawley and then Jonny Bairstow before Sibley was caught behind off Axar Patel.
England’s skipper dug in alongside Ollie Pope but neither were able to make it to tea.
Kohli helping Root with his cramp seemed to catch the world’s attention in the first Test, so in some ways, things went full circle today as the Indian skipper nearly did him some damage.
A tough day for @root66, not helped by a wayward throw into a delicate area. 😫
Just about sums up England's day.
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— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) March 6, 2021
The performance of Lawrence was a major positive, however. Other than Stokesy, the 23-year-old was our best batsman in the first innings but his performance today was even more impressive.
Not only did he show fight and determination, England’s number 7 had a clear plan to negotiate and score runs off this tough Indian bowling attack. He looks a real star in the making and even seems to have impressed the Duke of Bellington himself – now that is high praise.
Good fifty. Dan Lawrence has been impressive today. A real positive.#INDvENG
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 6, 2021
Lawrence was the last wicket to fall, bowled by Ravi Ashwin looking to rock back and cut the ball, which sealed India’s 3-1 series win.
England have fought hard in this series but ultimately been outplayed and it’s a shame that the Barmy Army could not be there to give the players the rousing reception that they deserve at the end of the Test winter schedule.
Speaking after the game, Root provided an honest appraisal on the series and urged his side to “keep looking to learn”.
💬The last three games have been quite testing for us & we have not been able to match India but we have to keep looking to learn, keep improving. We still have a big year of Test cricket ahead of us.💬
Joe Root wants England to learn from their experiences in India…
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) March 6, 2021
The next time we see England in whites, the Barmy Army will hopefully be there to roar them on.
We cannot tell you how excited we are for fans to return to stadiums here in the UK, starting with the first Test against New Zealand in June.
Our managing director Chris Millard was full of that sort of positivity when he and two of our Barmy Army Juniors got a chance to chat on Channel 4’s coverage.
Huge thanks to @C4Sport for having myself, Chloe and Charlie on the show this morning. It was an absolute privilege to be able to bring a bit of positivity. Fingers crossed for betters days to come watching cricket in the sun together! ☀️🏏 #channel4cricket @TheBarmyArmy #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/CFBgZneepS
— Chris Millard (@chrismillard18) March 6, 2021
Before the English summer begins, however, we have the matter of the white-ball leg of the tour.
With this Autumn’s T20 World Cup on the horizon, it looks set to be a fun few weeks.
Hopefully, Eoin Morgan’s side can get some revenge.