India score 99/3 at stumps on Day 1 after Axar Patel hits Englishmen for a six
Any and all complaints England have regarding the first-day pitch for the third Test against India at the Narendra Modi stadium can be rubbished without consideration.
Perhaps, if stretched, there was some texture to their grievance after the turner at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai for the second Test. But, at the Motera on Wednesday, they simply lacked application and the wherewithal to take on the Axar Patel-R Ashwin tandem.
In letting the baggage of the previous loss taint their perception, they perhaps fell prey to overanalyses, forgetting to bat in a way unique to them against spin in subcontinent conditions.