England have been left irritated by their own deficiencies but have also been left aggrieved about what they see as umpiring inconsistency during their calamitous start to the third Test against India.
If England go on to lose the match, it will be because their top order queued to misjudge the spin of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, who shared nine wickets as the tourists flopped for 112 all out despite winning the toss.
Yet while there is no shying away from that fact – India’s response of 3-99 only cast it in a clearer light – England left the field annoyed about the manner in which decisions were being reached on the field.
TV umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin was at the centre, upholding Jack Leach’s dismissal after meticulously checking a low catch, only to later reprieve Shubman Gill in hasty fashion when Ben Stokes claimed a similarly disputed take.
Shamshuddin, who was at the centre of a row during England’s 2016-17 tour of India and eventually stood down from the final Twenty20 after several dubious decisions, then waved away a tight stumping appeal against Rohit Sharma.
This time, it took him only a few seconds and a couple of replays to resolve what seemed a very close call in India’s favour.
Root was overheard on the stump microphones telling the on-field officials “all we want is consistency” and continued his remonstrations at the close of play.
Zak Crawley took media duties at the close, ostensibly to talk to about his fluent 53 in an otherwise dreadful innings for English batsmen, and hinted at the growing annoyance in the away dressing room following previous concerns earlier in the series.
“It’s very frustrating. We’re behind the game and we need those little 50-50s to go our way. It seemed like none of them went our way today,” he said.
“When we batted Jack had one where it didn’t quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles.
“When we were fielding it seemed like they looked at it from one angle. That’s where the frustrations lie.
“I can’t say whether they were out or not out, but I think the frustrations lie with not checking more thoroughly.”
Asked about Root’s intervention with the standing umpires Nitin Menon and Anil Chaudhary, he pleaded junior status.
“I would like to answer but I’ll leave that to the captain and senior players,” he said. “As a young player I’ll keep my nose out of that situation, that’s for Joe I think!”