Australia veteran Ian Chappell believes that England captain Joe Root missed out on a strong message to India by not declaring the second innings in the first Test. He said that this would have given him psychological advantage later in the Test series.
England did not declare their second innings finished despite a total lead over 350 on a broken pitch. Chappell wrote in his column at Cricinfo, “Despite a great all-round game in the first Test, Joe Root failed to take full advantage of England’s strength at crucial times”.
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He wrote, “England should have adopted an aggressive attitude by declaring the end of the innings rather than getting confused between the attack and defense in the second innings.”
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England batted all out in the second innings and finally had a target of 420 runs in front of India. The England team, however, won with a lot of time.
Former Australia captain Chappell said, “This (announcing the innings) would send a strong message to India that we are not worried about their strong batting.” If Root had declared the innings instead of waiting for the innings to end, it would have given him psychological advantage later in the series.