Joe Root: We know we are under performing
After England’s loss in the Lord’s Test, Pakistan have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the 2-match series.
Coming off a 4-0 loss to Australia in the Ashes and a 1-0 defeat to New Zealand, England made some bold moves coming into the series against Pakistan. There was a breeze of change blowing and Jos Buttler and Dom Bess found themselves in the side in place of James Wince and Moeen Ali.
However, the move did not pay off as England failed to reverse their losing trend. They have now lost 8 of the 15 Tests under Root's captaincy, managing to win 5.
In the 1st Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, England harboured hopes of a turnaround after a 126-run seventh-wicket partnership between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess. However, they were no miracles in store as Pakistan comfortably chased down the 66-run target to win by 9 wickets.
It all began when Root opted to bat after winning the toss on a greenish wicket with overcast conditions. However, things could have been very different if England had been successful in clinching a 1st inning lead.
After the drubbing, Root said: "We've been outplayed across all three departments and in particular, we were disappointing with the bat first up and well below-par. We were always chasing the game from there really, trying to find a way back in.
"There was a good covering of live grass but it was just so dry underneath. If you look at how the pitch performed, especially this morning, and in periods yesterday, if we get a decent score first innings it would have been very difficult batting last on that surface, turning, keeping low. We'd have been right in the game but we were 150 short of where we needed to be to put Pakistan under any pressure."
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Talking about the squad, Root conceded that the team has a good bunch of players but they have failed to put their best foot forward.
"Putting the practice into the game is where it's really disappointing because it didn't happen. It's about making sure we turn up to Headingley, we have the same approach leading up to the game and then following through on that. If we do, we'll perform a lot better than we have done in the last four days."
"There's a talented group of players up there. We know we are under-performing. It's very difficult to take but we fully believe we can get to where we want to get to. Collectively we were all under-par this week and we have to take that on the chin, learn the lessons very quickly and respond well," Root singed off.
The teams will now move to Headingley for the 2nd and the last Test of the series. While Pakistan would look to clean sweep the series with a win, England would love to put up a fight-back and level the series.
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