Former Australia spin legend Shane Warne has slammed Englands strategy against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami on the final day of the second Test at Lords. The hosts had to face defeat by 151 runs in this match.
He said that the bowlers did not know how to get Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah out. Shami and Bumrahs unbroken 89-run partnership for the 9th wicket helped England set a target of 272 runs, which the hosts could not achieve and lost by 151 runs.
Shane Warne said, England cricketers must be standing up and scratching their heads and saying, what went wrong? What went wrong was the strategy. Englands five, six, seven fielders were on the boundary.
The bowler stood on his run and wondered how I would get him out? They got a little over-emotional and in the end, the best team won and that was Team India.
Shane Warne said that England had taken the lead early in the morning with two wickets on the fifth day. They looked to have won the Test, but captain Joe Root brought pacer Mark Wood to the bowling and hit the fielders for the boundary.
Woods and other pacers consistently bowled bouncers against the tail-enders, which proved counterproductive.
The Bumrah-Shami pair weathered a short-ball attack and then changed the course of the match with an 89-run partnership. This ended the chances of England winning.
Let us inform you that Shami scored an unbeaten 56 runs in the second Test half-century of his career, which is also his highest Test score, while Bumrah also scored an unbeaten 34, making the highest score of his Test career.
The Indian team declared their second innings at 298 for eight and set England a target of 272 runs in at least 60 overs to win the match. In reply, Englands team was reduced to 120 runs.