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England were poor, but it is 'very unfair' to say they lack respect - Root

From BBC - July 17, 2017

New England captain Joe Root says it is "very unfair" to suggest his side's batsmen "lack respect" in their approach to Test cricket.

England were twice bowled out cheaply as they were thrashed by 340 runs in the second Test against South Africa.

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan has been critical of their performances at Trent Bridge on Test Match Special.

"We pride ourselves on winning series like this and unfortunately we played poorly this week," Root said.

"We are very disappointed with the way we played. We are a side that does not like giving anything away and that was not a fair representation of how good we are as a team," Root added.

England scored at just below four runs per over but were bowled out for a first-innings deficit of 130. In the second innings they were skittled for 133 in 44.2 overs.

"We did not asses the situation quickly enough and were always battling to get back into the game," Root, 26, said.

On TMS Vaughan said England needed to bat for longer periods, wear the opposition bowlers down and lay a platform for aggressive players.

Reacting to Vaughan's comments about England lacking respect, Root said: "I think that's very unfair - I ca not believe he's actually said that."

Monday's defeat was England's latest collapse when chasing high fourth-innings totals. And Root said the team will have to learn from it and change their method.

"It might have happened previously but we have to make sure we look forward to get better," Root said.

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