Joe Root believes that England are still “massively in the series” despite losing the first two Tests.
Speaking after the latest defeat Root said that he thinks the team “could have batted better” and that they could have bowled fuller on the first morning. He believes that they are two areas where the game went in Australia’s favour.
However, he then said that, “The way we went about things in the second innings proved we are still massively in this series, we have shown we can outperform Australia but we haven’t done it for five days. That’s going to be our challenge.”
Root and Dawid Malan (29 from 80 deliveries) worked hard to thwart Australia’s attack under the lights on the fourth day before Malan was bowled by a fantastic ball from Pat Cummins shortly before stumps.
Root said that he is proud of England’s “character” and that he is urging his players to play like that for longer in the third Ashes Test that they cannot afford to lose. The Test, at the WACA, begins on December 14th.
Root added that while it is “obviously very disappointing” to lose the Test, he thought that the way “we responded with ball and bat in the second innings was outstanding, especially the way we played last night (Tuesday) in those conditions.”
“That showed a lot of character and that’s what you want to see in series like this. We just need to find a way of doing it for longer periods of time and doing it over five days as if we perform to our ability we will win games. The belief is still there, I don’t think we are in a situation we were the last time we were here.”