Joe Root believes that England’s thumping 340-run defeat to South Africa at Trent Bridge “wasn’t a fair representation of how good” his side is although he admits they have to be better at adapting to the rigours of Test cricket.
“It was very disappointing the way we played today,” Root said. “We’re a side that doesn’t like giving anything away and unfortunately today that wasn’t a fair representation of how good we are as a team.”
“It’s important to stay calm,” Root said. “There’s a lot of cricket left to be played in this series. It’s important we don’t sulk, we don’t get too down on ourselves. We’re a good side and we don’t lose that overnight – we need to learn the lessons quickly from this week.”
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“We will sit down over the next couple of days,” said Root. “They are talented players and they will be desperate to make their chances count when they come along. It’s important at The Oval we try to get off to a really strong start especially in the first innings and those guys are more than capable of doing it. The way they’ve gone about things in practice and the runs they’ve scored in county cricket have been outstanding and now it’s just about doing it in international cricket.”