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“Can’t keep making same mistakes”: Joe Root on England losing by 275 runs in 2nd Ashes

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Day 5 was expected to be short-lived, but credit to England that they showed resilience, and at one point in time, frustration started to trickle in the Australian camp when Chris woakes and Buttler ate almost 30 overs. But it was too much to ask of England after they had lost nearly 10 sessions in this test match.

Joe Root while speaking in the post-match presentation emphasized the belief that his side can still make a comeback into this test series. But they cannot ‘afford to make the same mistakes. In his own words, “I am convinced that we have got all we need to win over here. Its just we need to be better. We can’t keep making the same mistakes. Guys need to get themselves in, get past that first 20 balls initial period and then get greedy.”

The bowling combination has been a hot debate ever since the playing eleven was announced for the Brisbane Ashes test. England had high hopes from the likes of Anderson and Broad to produce magical spells with the Pink ball but the bowling coach admitted later on Sunday that the ball didn’t do too much as expected. More agonizing was the fact that the pitch started to show spin, which England was absolutely not hoping for.

Root admitted wholeheartedly during his post-match conference and also with BTSport that the bowlers bowled short of a length in the first innings which allowed the Australia batsman to getaway. The captain felt content with the bowling in the second innings on Day 3 morning when the fuller bowls caused trouble to the Australians and had Labuschagne, Travis head and Green would not have prolonged the lead, England would have felt more confident of surviving the fourth innings.

Apart from Root and Dawid Malan, no other English batter has looked solid on this tour. Rory Burns seems to be recuperating from the dreadful 1st ball clean bowled in the first Ashes test with his 95 balls 34 runs in the second innings but concerns are looming over Hameed who managed to survive the initial nervous period in the 1st test but couldn’t replicate the same in the 2nd one.

Atherton revealed during the SkySports interview that Burns and Hameed are close to 20- 21st opening pair that England has tried after Sir Andrew Strauss and Sir Alistair Cook. But the talking point of the match would be the exclusion of a specialist spin bowler. So much was the need felt by England that Robinson stepped into spin bowling for a while, in order to induce something special and to also prevent the possibility of another slow-over rate penalty

The Christmas week is here and England would be praying for some solid rejuvenation to make a comeback into the series. The third test will start on 26th of December in Melbourne.

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