Joe Root wasn't happy after a test match in Islamabad where the pitch looked very bad. Root gave his opinion on the field and his quality "That's a very good question and it's a tricky one to answer," he said, as quoted by cricbuzz "I think that this surface is a very challenging one, a very difficult one to play on.
It's not for players to decide if it's fit for purpose." "That's up to the ICC. As players we have to try to counter it as best we can." He thinks the fans didn’t deserve to see such big names on such a pitch that was disastrous "It's a real shame because it's a fantastic stadium, 40,000 people have come to watch a brilliant, iconic Test match and I feel for them.
They came to watch Virat Kohli face Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, and Ravichandran Ashwin against our top batsmen like Ben Stokes." "I almost feel like they've been robbed. Instead they had to watch me get wickets on there which shouldn't be the case.
That's a frustration for a lot of people. The fact is it was challenging for both teams and credit to India, they outplayed us on that wicket. Home advantage
However, India was better and took advantage of the home field
"As I mentioned before the game there always has to be an element of home advantage, because that is part of the beauty of Test cricket."
"You go around the world playing in all these wonderful places and you have to learn to develop your game, to find different ways. If you are going to be consistently good, you have to find ways of playing on a wicket that spins, that is not quite as good for seamers."
"If you are going to be an all round good squad of players, you have to be able to handle it. It's just how extreme you're willing to let the wickets be." "There's always going to be slight home advantage but it is a shame when you have got so many fantastic players that can't have an input into a Test match.
You look at Ishant [Sharma] playing his 100th game, he's bowled a minimal amount of overs." He is disappointed that the players could not show the best they can because of the conditions in which they played "Someone like Jasprit Bumrah, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Jimmy Anderson, you're look at some of the best bowlers in the world.
And we're not getting a chance to see them play." "The decision is there for the ICC to make but as players you want to compete against the best in whatever conditions they are. But, you know, there's got to be a contest there."