England skipper Joe Root has backed his underfiring senior players despite criticism mounting on them following the Ashes series defeat to Australia in the ongoing Tests.
England's defeat in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth meant they have lost the series and the Urn with it and the performances of Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali have been a big let down for the side.
Cook averages under 14 in the series after scoring just 83 runs from six innings while Root himself was also weighed down by the pressure as he averages under 30 and Ali's average goes under 20.
James Anderson was impressive in the Adelaide Test and had 12 wickets from three games while his new ball partner Stuart Broad managed just five from the same number of games.
Root, appointed captain only in February, backed Broad and Cook to still be playing for England in 12 months’ time.
"I’d like to think so,” Root told reporters.
"They’ve got huge amounts of experience and they do offer a lot to the group and their performances over a long period of time speak for themselves.
"They’ve been in situations where things haven’t gone for them before and that’s why they’ve played so many games.
"It’s important we don’t panic and make hasty decisions after three games."
Root also admitted that he tried too hard to get the results in his favour on what was his first Ashes series as captain and it had let him down.
“Probably the thing that’s been my biggest detriment is trying too hard,” said Root, who is averaging 29.33 for the series.
”I’ve been desperate for us to win this series.
”The first innings getting caught down the leg-side’s obviously quite disappointing.
“Things just haven’t felt like they’ve run for me out in the middle,” he added.
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