England coach Trevor Bayliss blamed his team's fielding performance against Indian for the host's first innings score of 759/7 decl calling it "below par". Bayliss claimed that it was three dropped catches that cost England 500 runs that eventually took India to their highest score in Tests.
"Our catching is still below par. I think the last three catches we dropped cost us 500 (runs). That's disappointing. It is something that we should keep working on," Bayliss said, reported NDTV.
"We are a team that hasn't got a lot of natural athletes. We have got very good cricketers. We haven't got lot of slippers (slip fielders). Across the board we just got to get better."
India scored an incredible 368 runs for the loss of just three wickets on the fourth Day of the Chennai Test with Karun Nair completing a triple century. The English coach admitted after the end of the day's play that England were not in the game on the day.
"I think most of them have gone through days like that and probably won't be the last time they'll go through it. It's never easy when it happens. You got to give credit to the Indian team and their batters, they played extremely well. We just weren't in the game today," Bayliss said.
Bayliss went on to add that this was the best batting track that they had witnessed in the series so far
"It's a good wicket. The best we have had in this series. Look at times we struggled to bowl to the fields the captain had set. That just makes it very difficult. They have got some good batters who obviously play spin very well. In home conditions they can make it very difficult, which we saw today," said the 53-year-old Aussie.
England have suffered a torrid tour of the subcontinent that started with a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh. They now find themselves 3-0 down against India and a Test match that can only end in either a draw or a loss for the Europeans. The former Australian player admitted to have been completely outplayed on the tour. However, he did find a silver lining in the series stating that they five debutants that were handed their first caps on tour would benefit from the experience and it would help them in all formats of the game.
"One thing I can say about the seven Tests, including the two in Bangladesh, is that the guys haven't stopped trying. It's not as if they haven't put in and stopped trying. Yes, on this tour we have been outclassed," he said.
"But actually over the last seven Tests we have debuted five new youngsters and most of the players haven't been here before. So I think they will benefit from this. Experience will help in going forward in all forms of the game. Even at home, being in tough situations and learning from those situations. May be learning a little bit from the Indian players, how they go about things."
England captain Alastair Cook's captaincy has come under heavy scrutiny during the tour. But his coach believes the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the English captain.
"To be honest I haven't spoken to him about it. To be honest I won't be speaking to him about this. It's a decision only he will know the answer to. He is done it for so long, whether I say yes or no won't change his mind. Whether he keeps going, whether he stops. If he keeps going fantastic if he stops it is up to him and I have no problems with it either," Bayliss concluded.
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