England captain Joe Root decided to bat first. However, his team nevertheless lost and Root had something to say after the match "The toss, I think it was the right decision, but when you're 40  for 4, it's very difficult to get yourself back in the game from that position," Root said after the nine-wicket defeat on Saturday (December 11), as quoted by cricbuzz "We have to be better in that first innings and manage those conditions in that situation better moving forward and ultimately as well."
The bad performance of Leach is also interesting, which Root supported and praised. It is obvious that they wanted variations, as Root himself confirmed, but in the final, it did not work. "If anything, that [Leach's poor numbers] probably falls on me for probably giving him too aggressive fields, too early - not letting him settle in and giving him a bit more of a chance early on," Root said.
"Jack's a fine spinner. He's shown over the 20-odd Test matches that he's played what an instrumental part he can play within this team and I'm sure he'll play a big part in this series moving forward.
"It's easy to look back in hindsight. One thing I will say is that we wanted variation in our attack. We wanted to be able to change the pace of the game and move through different gears throughout the innings."
"It's easy to say in hindsight [that Anderson or Broad should have played]." "One thing I will say is that we wanted variation in our attack. We wanted to be able to change the pace of the game and move through different gears throughout the innings."
"I thought our seamers were brilliant, Woody [Mark Wood] in particular, Robbo [Ollie Robinson] as well and [they were] backed up by the other guys.
The England team had many chances, but in the end they did not use them "We created a lot of chances but we've just got to take them.
We want to be better in the field." "If we did that the game could have looked very different: we could have been looking at - even with the way that we played this morning - we could have been 150 ahead and it's a very different context of the game then."
The team captain believes, however, that his team will return stronger, as has been the case in the past "We know where we need to get better but I do think the way that we responded in that second innings showed a great amount of character and fight which we will need throughout the rest of this series," he said in an interview with BTSport.
"We're a team that's always responded well to situations like this in the recent past. We're not scared of a challenge. We're not scared of fronting up to a difficult result and we'll just have to make sure that we do exactly that again on this occasion.