England not scarred by scrap with Tigers


England batsman Joe Root says England have not been scarred by their defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test in Dhaka last week that left the series drawn.

Root concedes that England have a new found level of respect for what quality spinners are capable of doing in Asia.

Root told Sky Sports: “It’s making sure you try and learn some of the lessons of that mad hour-and-a-half, but at the same time understand that it’s a completely new challenge, new surfaces and we played some really good cricket over there as well as that.

“I wouldn’t say scarred. We’re respectful of some decent bowling in some spin-friendly conditions.

“We are not naive enough to think we will not come up against similar conditions over here [in India], but I think it’s very important that we take the confidence from the good stuff we did out there and brush up on all the other stuff that didn’t quite go to plan.”

Root said the England team were working hard and are determined to prove their doubters wrong and upset India on their won patch.

Root added: “India pose a big threat, we’ve just got to make sure we prepare very well and try and prove a lot of people wrong that we can perform extremely well on this tour.”

The first Test against India gets underway on Wednesday 9 November in Rajkot.