Chennai Test: Joe Root regrets 'childish' reaction after given out by DRS

Updated: 19 December, 2016 16:48 IST | PA Sport |

England batsman Joe Root regrets his 'childish' reaction at being given out by the umpire's decision review system (DRS) on Day One of the fifth Test

Joe Root walks back in disgust

Chennai: England batsman Joe Root regrets his 'childish' reaction at being given out by the umpire's decision review system (DRS) on Day One of the fifth Test.

Root vented his frustration as he walked off for 88 out of England's 284 for four. An initial not-out verdict was overturned by DRS, which detected a faint edge behind on an attempted sweep at Ravindra Jadeja. The Yorkshireman was convinced at the time he had not hit the ball.

But the England No. 3 was very honest, but magnanimous too, in his close-of-play press conference.

"I was convinced I didn't hit it. Obviously the technology suggests otherwise, but it is bitterly disappointing when you're convinced out there that there's nothing. If you look at the wicketkeeper's reaction, he's not interested either. I think (India captain Virat) Kohli just went with his gut (instinct to appeal), and it worked out," he said.

Root, who kicked a boundary marker near the pavilion, added: "You probably just have to take it on the chin — I must have got a fine one on it. I didn't hear a noise, didn't feel anything on the bat. (But) it may be just one that's bypassed me and is genuinely out."

Either way, he admits he could have left the middle more serenely.

"I probably was a bit childish with my reaction as I walked off. But playing international cricket, you're going to be disappointed when you feel you've been hard done by — even if you haven't."

Root's disappointment was magnified as he failed, for the 14th time out of 17, to turn 50 into a hundred at Test level.

First Published: 17 December, 2016 08:22 IST

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