No point arguing contentious dismissal - Root


Joe Root insists there would have been little to be gained by complaining about his contentious dismissal after helping England to a commanding position against India on day one of the first Test.

England made a slow start in Rajkot and were 102-3 in the 33rd over as their batting problems against subcontinent spin from the drawn series against Bangladesh seemed destined to continue.

However, Root and Moeen Ali put on 179 for the fourth wicket in a superb partnership that helped England swing the momentum in their favour.

Root's 124 was the first century he has scored in Asia, but he was dismissed in the final session when the umpires decided Umesh Yadav had done enough to control a caught and bowled despite spilling the ball when seemingly celebrating.

"It's out, there's no point arguing about it. I started walking off anyway so we'll leave it at that," he told Sky Sports.

"I was quite disgusted with the shot I played, and you get that decision and see it in slow motion you sort of take it. 

"I had an umpires call my way earlier in the day so sometimes you just take it on the chin. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes against you. You can't think too much about it."


England's teenage debutant Haseeb Hameed was in good nick before losing his wicket lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin on 31 and Root is excited the opener's potential.

"When you watch him practice it's like watching someone who's played 50-60 Tests," he added.

"There will have been lots of thoughts going through his mind last night, but from the side it seemed like nothing fazed him. 

"It's good to see him start well in Test cricket. It's about making the step up and hopefully he can do that."

On the state of the game after one day, he added: "The first innings here it's very important to get runs early. It's a good start, it's about going on and making 500 to 550 now if we can."