Chris Silverwood admitted in a virtual press conference via the ECB that England could have ‘returned to plan A’ earlier than they did. He was referring to their initial short-ball strategy to tailenders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, which some claimed was borne more out of pettiness than tactical shrewdness, after Bumrah served up a volley of short stuff at Jimmy Anderson on day three. Silverwood mentioned that England need to improve when it comes to bowling at the lower order, producing their best, fuller deliveries more often, but emphasised just how impressed he was by how India handled the situation.
“If we were to do it again, we could have gone back to Plan A sooner than we did.” 🏏
“The one thing we have to do is become good at removing the tail.” ☝️
Chris Silverwood says they all need to take responsibility after England’s defeat to India yesterday ✅
— talkSPORT Cricket (@Cricket_TS) August 17, 2021