Calls for Alastair Cook to resign his position as England captain are likely to grow louder after his side's final humiliation on their disastrous winter tour of India. Despite posting a healthy initial score of 477 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai, the tourists experienced another shocking batting collapse and could only muster a second total of 207 as a final innings and 75 runs loss at the MA Chidambaram Stadium sealed an emphatic 4-0 series defeat.
England, who were 85-0 lunch and reached tea on day five at 167-4, lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs. As per the BBC, 477 is the most a team has scored before going on to suffer an innings defeat. Indeed, it is the second time that Cook's side, who have lost seven of their last eight Test matches, have gone on to lose by such a significant margin despite reaching 400.
"There are no excuses, India are a better team here and they deserved to win," Cook told Sky Sports at stumps. However Cook refused to be drawn on his future as captain: "I've got to give myself a bit of time to think about it and try and make the right decision."
On the defeat he continued: "It was a very good fifth day wicket. Out of the rough it turned but other than there it was only the odd ball. We got ourselves into a good position at lunch but weren't good enough to bat the rest of the time out.
"It's probably again about missed opportunities. We keep dropping vital chances and India have been punishing us. It's very hard to stop the momentum and credit to Virat [Kohli] and his team, they've outplayed us. It's a hard thing to say as a professional because you're always desperate to be better than the opposition but we haven't been here."
England's openers had initially given cause for slight optimism with a partnership of 103, but the under-fire Cook, one short of his half-century, fell to Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth time this series thanks to catch from KL Rahul. Keaton Jennings reached his second Test 50 before being caught and bowled by Jadeja, who finished with formidable figures of seven for 48.
The left-arm spinner had Joe Root out lbw following a review and he also took an outstanding catch off Ishant Sharma to dismiss Jonny Bairstow for one. He struck again in the evening session when Moeen Ali came down the pitch and tried to sky a big shot, only to be taken by Ravichandran Ashwin at mid-on.
Jadeja secured a five-four when Ben Stokes picked out triple-century hero Karun Nair at mid-wicket and Liam Dawson, who made an unbeaten 66 in his first Test innings, was bowled for a duck courtesy of a googly from Amit Mishra to leave England trailing by 86 on 196-7. Adil Rashid could only muster two before edging Jadeja to Umesh Yadav.
The embarrassment was complete when Jadeja had Stuart Broad taken by Cheteshwar Pujara and Jake Ball was bowled by the same man for a two-ball duck.