27 May 2014
England must bounce back after embarrassing defeat: Root
"We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that," says batsman
Joe Root of England asks for teammates to stand up and put on a better show against Sri Lanka.
England was skittled for 99 after Sri Lanka posted 256 for 8 at Durham on Sunday, levelling the five-match series 1-1.
Root, like his teammate Eoin Morgan earlier, did not shy away from fact that England's performance was unacceptable.
"We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that," he said. "It's quite embarrassing.”
Root, who himself was bowled for a third ball duck by Lasith Malinga, challenged his teammates to make a comeback in the third ODI at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
"Sometimes you get emotional on the day of the game, (so) it's better to leave it a few days and then discuss it as a side. We have got to make sure we're very honest with ourselves and don't let a performance like that happen again.
"The one way to get people to come and watch you is to win games of cricket and we have to make sure we can do that consistently, earn the right for people to want to come and watch us. We don't want to play like yesterday, where people come to watch and feel let down. We want to make sure everyone who comes in is impressed by what they see and want to come again."
After England registered an 81-run victory in the first ODI at The Oval, it suffered a setback after Alastair Cook, the captain, was ruled out of the second game with a groin strain. Yet, the team is not about to lose faith in its abilities. "We can't really worry about (the loss) too much. We played some really good cricket at The Oval, which was not even a week ago now," said Root.
"If we do play at the top of our game we're going to beat sides like Sri Lanka. In the first game we played some exceptionally good cricket and yesterday, we didn't.
"If we're being brutally honest it just wasn't a good enough performance from the whole team, especially the batters. As a batting unit, we've got to hold our hands up and say it's not good enough."
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