All sym­pa­thies rooted out

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Un­til the sec­ond Test had been won, I had been mildly sym­pa­thetic to the English team.

It seemed to me that the Aussies started the sledg­ing war with the con­certed at­tack on Jonny Bairstow and couldn’t han­dle it when the English re­turned serve to Steve Smith.

How­ever, Joe Root showed no gra­cious­ness at all in his post-match interview with Jonathan Agnew.

He did not make a ref­er­ence at all to the Aus­tralian team — there were no words of con­grat­u­la­tions or even an ac­knowl­edg­ment that his team had been out­played over the course of the two Test matches.

Just a sullen, dour anal­y­sis of where his team could get bet­ter. Adrian Hall, Mi­randa

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