Root shocked by Vaughan crit­i­cism

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Not­ting­ham, UK - Michael Vaughan's crit­i­cism of the Eng­land side is "un­fair" ac­cord­ing to Eng­land cap­tain, Joe Root.

Vaughan, Root's boy­hood hero, branded Eng­land's bat­ting "ap­palling" on the BBC's Test Match Spe­cial and sug­gested it was born from "a lack of re­spect" for the val­ues of Test cricket. "They look like they are play­ing a T20 game," he said.

It was Eng­land's seventh loss in its ten most re­cent Tests. And it left Vaughan both unimpressed and sug­gest­ing that Eng­land were strug­gling to ad­just hav­ing just played sev­eral months of white-ball cricket lead­ing into the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

Root, who has seen Vaughan as a men­tor, coun­tered by say­ing Eng­land had sim­ply suf­fered a bad game and that he "couldn't be­lieve" Vaughan would sug­gest such a thing.

"That's very un­fair," he said. "I can't be­lieve he's ac­tu­ally said that, to be hon­est. We pride our­selves on win­ning se­ries like this, and un­for­tu­nately we've played poorly this week."

But the York­shire­man ac­cepted his side ought to be able to bat in dif­fer­ent styles ac­cord­ing to the match sit­u­a­tion, what­ever the in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ences of par­tic­u­lar play­ers.

"We need to make sure we learn quickly ... (so that) if we are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion (in the third Test) at The Oval, for ex­am­ple, we play it slightly smarter," said Root.

"Part of Test cricket is try­ing to find a bal­ance of both (at­tack and de­fence) - and even if it's not your strength, you build it into your nat­u­ral game," he added.

"You have pe­ri­ods where you can ab­sorb a bit of pres­sure and find the right mo­ment to ap­ply it when chances come along. We are ca­pa­ble of do­ing it and have done it pre­vi­ously, but this wasn't a very good ex­am­ple of it."

The 26 year old Root, who led Eng­land to a 211-run se­ries open­ing win at Lord's in his first Test as skip­per, said this huge loss had been a chas­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. "I def­i­nitely feel older - it's been a tough week," he con­ceded.

"South Africa re­sponded very well from Lord's - and es­pe­cially with the bat, we didn't as­sess the sit­u­a­tion well enough in the first in­nings.

"Af­ter that, we couldn't find a way to get back into the game."

The star bats­man added, "We're a side that doesn't like giv­ing any­thing away, and un­for­tu­nately to­day that wasn't a fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how good we are as a team."

Joe Root (left) and Michael Vaughan

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