England captain Joe Root says his side got “outskilled” by India in their 3-1 Test series defeat after winning the First Test.
India hit back emphatically with three strong victories to clinch their spot in the World Test Championship Final in England in June.
The hosts the Fourth Test in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs, after triumphing in the Second and Third Tests by 317 runs and 10 wickets.
“It was disappointing,” Root said. “Credit does have to go to India, they’ve generally outskilled us.
“They showed us how to bat on that wicket, and similarly today with the ball they were excellent.
“We’ve just got to keep working together to try and find ways of being better in similar conditions in the future.
“There were periods of time throughout when we felt very much in the hunt, but credit to Rishabh and Washington, that partnership was outstanding.”
The surfaces at the two Indian venues for the series, Chennai and Ahmedabad, were roundly criticised but Root said that wasn’t an excuse for his side.
“I don’t think we reacted to the change in surfaces as well as India did,” he said.
“They exploited them better and found ways of managing the turn. That’s played a factor.
“I do think there have been periods where we’ve found ourselves at parity and India managed to grab them. Generally, in the lower-scoring Test matches, that is the difference.
“I think the guys have to embrace what’s happened. They have to understand it and be realistic. There are areas we can get better at.
“We would be stupid to come away from this trip and say: ‘it was the extreme conditions, the ball was spinning and skidding on, and it was impossible to bat’.
“That would be the wrong attitude. We need to come away from here and say: ‘You know what, there are lots of things that we can get better at’.”