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England suffers a disappointing defeat
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja slammed a solid 112 in the 1st innings. Cricket Today

England suffers a disappointing defeat

England's performance in this series started strong with a sensational win in the first Test in Hyderabad, but has since deteriorated. This match was by far their worst performance of the tour.

It is important to note that India is a challenging place for visiting teams, and this loss marks India's 17th successive home win, a streak that dates back to 2012. At the start of the series, a 4-1 win for the hosts would have been considered a reasonable outcome.

England's disappointment stems from the missed opportunities in the second, third, and fourth Tests. Similar to the drawn Ashes of last summer, England's performance could have been better.

It is worth noting that Harry Brook was absent for the entire series, and Jack Leach only played in one Test. Despite this, England can take pride in the progress made and the emergence of young spinners Bashir and Tom Hartley.

However, the team's batting has gradually deteriorated, culminating in this final poor showing. Decisions need to be made regarding the futures of Bairstow and Foakes, and the pace bowling will need to be reinforced for the upcoming home summer.

England is currently in the middle of what is likely to be a four-year spell under Captain Stokes and Coach Brendon McCullum. While their commitment to playing entertaining cricket is commendable, it is now time to balance that with consistent results.

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