Although they had a great run, the English failed to beat India in two test matches. The Indians played much better, and the English did not succeed. They are aware that they have to do better, and that this will only be a lesson for them for the next match against India.
England captain Joe Root, however, seems to believe in his team. "As I said after the last game it's really important that we stay level," Root said, as quoted by criccbuz "We don't get too far above our station when we win and we don't see it as doom and gloom when we have tough weeks.
We've played some really good cricket over the recent past, in challenging conditions, foreign conditions. We've been, let's be honest, outplayed in all three departments this week." "It's important that we learn, we take a bit of an education, we look at how they've gone about things on a surface that has spun a huge amount - and probably bounced more than we anticipated - but take that forward, take it as a learning and make sure that we're better for it next time we do experience conditions that are similar."
Root believes that inexperience also had a big impact and that most players have never played in such conditions. "One thing we have got to bear in mind, and be quite realistic about it, there are very few examples that a very young batting group will have faced conditions like that."
"There are a number of guys that haven't played in Sri Lanka before and haven't played in India before, never mind an extremity that this cricket has provided." "We have been very good at learning quite quickly.
That's why we have success away from home in recent times. It is important that we take that forward again." Root explained what his team was missing and what their mistakes were "We've spoken a lot recently about building pressure," Root said.
"One thing that we could have got a little bit better, especially on day one was just squeeze the game for longer, try and bowl six balls at one batter, try and make it difficult to rotate strike and create pressure that way."
"That's one thing that we can take forward for the rest of the tour." "Can we find ways of keeping the board quiet for longer? Can we string maidens together? Can we force errors through very disciplined passages of play with the ball? That's one thing I think that they did a lot better than us."