Australia vs. England : Joe Root Says England Needs to Find “Inner Belief” After Losing the Ashes.
After losing the Ashes series in a disastrous fashion on Tuesday, England captain Joe Root said England must “face up” and preserve some honour.
Australia vs. England: Pat Cummins’ hosts ripped through England’s batting to dismiss them for a meager 68 and retain the urn by an innings and 14 runs in the third Test in Melbourne. It came after a 275-run flogging in Adelaide and a nine-wicket battering in Brisbane, with two Tests left to preserve face in Sydney and Hobart.
“We have to make sure we take use of our opportunities to pull ahead,” Root said, adding that England could have scored 250 or more in their first innings rather than 185 all out.
“Had we done so, we would have been well into the game and staring at a totally different game.”
“But their assault bowled brilliantly last night, and all you have to do now is figure out how to get through it. It’s okay if it’s only an hour of hard work.”
Australia vs. England
Australia basically won the match in the last hour of Monday’s play, dropping England to 31 for four, still 51 runs behind.
“We have to put our best foot forward, keep focused, work on improving all aspects of our game individually and collectively, and have a really strong inner belief in our ability to bounce back,” he stated.
“We need to reclaim our pride. We’re devastated to be 3-0 down with two Test matches remaining. We need to make sure we finish this tour with a couple more victories.”
Australia vs. England: Despite acknowledging that they had been “totally outplayed” thus far, Root took encouragement from their Jimmy Anderson-led bowling effort, which limited Australia to 267 in their first innings, which he described as their greatest day of the series thus far.
He said, “They have obviously outplayed us in the three games; we were not good enough.”
“I also thought our bowling performance yesterday was great. I’m disappointed for the bowlers because they kept us in the game; all we have to do now is keep trying to improve.”