Joe Root condemned the Lord’s pitch as ‘sub-standard’ after England got out of jail yesterday with a turnaround Test win over Ireland.
‘I don’t like saying this but the wicket was sub-standard for a Test match,’ the England captain said after the Irish were routed for just 38.
‘I thought it wasn’t even close to a fair contest between bat and ball throughout the whole game. First innings, last innings, when you are getting scores like that, that tells a story in itself.’
William Porterfield’s team held high hopes of a famous victory when they began a run chase of 182 at 11.20am but folded in just 86 minutes after morning rain caused an hour’s disruption.