What I Don’t Want is Lose The Passion: Silverwood
Following Joe Root’s admission that England should have done things differently on the final morning of the Lord’s Test, head coach Chris Silverwood agreed that the team should have done things differently. When India’s lead was at 167 runs, England dismissed Rishabh Pant in the fourth over of the day. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, had an undefeated 89-run partnership to set England a target of 272 runs.
England eventually crumpled for 120, losing by 151 runs, but it was their attitude with the ball in the first session, not their second-innings batting, that cost them the game.
“I think it’s a collective. I saw Joe took that on himself in the interview afterward. But it’s a collective and I’m part of that as well,” Silverwood said “It’s something we have to look at together. In the same situation, I agree with Joe, we could probably go back to plan A sooner than we did.
It’s one of those things we have to learn from without a shadow of a doubt. And if we got our time again, as Joe said, we’d probably consider doing things slightly differently. I don’t mind the aggressive approach. One thing we have to become good at is removing the tail or the lower-order
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We all sit there and go right well actually if the aggression had paid off and blown the tail away, we would all have been happy. What we have got to do is get the fine line between the aggression and the top of which is Plan A, making them hit good balls.”
Bumrah’s Short-Ball Tactics
Bumrah’s short-ball tactics against James Anderson, according to Silverwood, pushed the team to push themselves even harder.12
“Emotions ran high, there’s no doubt about it. I mean, obviously, they targeted Jimmy in that first innings. And we went back hard at them as well, we tried to go toe to toe with them,” he said. “The one thing I will say is that the competition that created with what happened to him we put a lot of fire in our belly for Day 4 as well.
I thought for a lot of Day 4, the way we stuck at our task, was absolutely fantastic with the ball. So you know I mean, we can use that fuel to real positive intent as well. And maybe it just got away a little bit with us, obviously, when the lower order was in but we’ll learn from that.
“What I don’t want us to do is lose the passion, I want us to keep that passion, use it in a real positive way as we did on day four, it gives you energy, it gives you fuel.”
Silverwood’s bigger concern
The batting of England will be Silverwood’s main concern moving into the break before the third Test. Jonny Bairstow has scored 386 runs in two matches, whereas Root has scored 386 runs in two matches (118). Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley have been out of form, while Haseeb Hameed has struggled since returning to the Test team.
“It’s building partnerships,” Silverwood pointed out. “I know Rooty is the one scoring the lion’s share of the runs at the moment but in the past, we have had other people score them.
“If it’s not Rooty one day, you hope someone else stands up. Don’t forget we got 390 in the first innings against what is a very good bowling attack. If we can keep building these partnerships, creating big ones, your 100 partnerships, your 75s, the 50s, they all add up. As long as we are concentrating on that, that’s the way back into it. The belief is obviously there. It’s not because of a lack of effort.”
England’s troubles have been exacerbated by the fact that they are without key bowling players. Injuries have ruled out Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, and Stuart Broad, while Ben Stokes has taken a break and will not be available for the series.
“We have found ourselves in the position when you lose Archer and Stone, we have got one guy left that can bowl that fast. But that doesn’t take away from the quality of the rest of the bowlers we have got. We have got Jimmy in there, Robbo (Robinson) who has come in and shown what he can do. Behind that we have got Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood sat on the sidelines.
We have got plenty of people out there. Sam Curran with the left-arm option, saw him grow during this Test match. From Trent Bridge to where we are now, we have seen his bowling improve all the time. We have got some real quality within the rest of the bowlers as well.”