England may have suffered a series of defeats in all formats, but head coach Chris Silverwood believes his team has learned valuable lessons from the Indian tour that will be useful to him when he returns here for the T20 World Cup later this year.
India finished triumphs in all three formats against England, with seven wins in the third ODI in deciding the series on Sunday.
Speaking to the British media on Monday, Silverwood thought proudly about the long tour and said the British would be stronger when they returned here for T20 World in the last quarter of the year.
“It was a good, competitive game and a good, competitive series all the time. I’m very proud of them, I’m proud of every player who’s been here,” Silverwood said at the end of the series.
“I’m proud of the effort and attitude that was shown towards the game. I think we learned a lot and from that point of view I can’t ask more of them,” he added.
“We have valuable experience for the upcoming T20 World Cup and if we look back on the Test series … the lessons they have learned when they come back will know what to do and have a better game plan.”
India is scheduled to travel to England for a series of five-match tests in August and September, and Silverwood believes his players will want to calculate the results at that time.
“These experiences will help them move forward. When they play against India in England, it will give them a little spice to respond to. I think they will.
“There is little time between now and then, but we look forward to a series of tests in England. We always know it is very competitive, with two very good teams going against each other,” he added.
England, who won the test series against Sri Lanka, began their tour of India in a remarkable way, losing 227 miles to the hosts in the first test.
However, India, amid stellar performances by spinning players Ravichandran Ashwin and Aksar Patel, came back stronger to take the four-match Test Series 3-1.
“This is a very difficult place to come and win, we know that. India is very strong in its conditions, but it has a lot of encouragement,” Silverwood said.
Later this year, India will host the T20 World Cup and Silverwood believes that English players will be better prepared once they get acquainted with Indian conditions.
“From the point of view of the T20, it was really interesting how India operated in their conditions, what types of balls they bowled. In the same way, our batsmen looked at these conditions,” he said.
“So there are a lot of encouraging signs here and a lot of things to take away. We will work on different things from now until the World Cup,” he said.
Silverwood also spoke of the much-discussed policy of rotating England, which has garnered much criticism recently, reiterating that it will not change the approach.
“I would repeat the same thing again. I said that all the time the priority should be for the players to be fine. Entering before someone breaks through, so to speak, is the best way to do it.
“Prevention is better than cure. Trying to keep players fresh in mind and body is key to that, and I think we almost figured that out.”
The stellar rhythm Jofra Archer will miss the first part of IPL due to an elbow injury.
Silverwood said the 25-year-old was also being treated for an arm injury he suffered before touring Sri Lanka and India.
“Apparently Yofra cut his arm before he came here, but when he arrived, the wound closed. In fact, it didn’t cause him too much trouble to be honest.
“The fact is that when he was at home with an elbow injection, it gave us the opportunity to assess his finger and see if there was any other infection there or something like that,” he said.
“I’m not quite sure what’s in there. Obviously he will meet with the specialist and they will make an assessment, but it was just the perfect time for him to look at it while he waited for the injection to work on his elbow,” he concluded.