Friday 23 March 2018

Root hits back at Vaughan

England's Joe Root. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine
England's Joe Root. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine Sportsdesk

Joe Root has taken issue with former England captain Michael Vaughan's claim that his team failed to respect Test cricket on their way to a 340-run defeat against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Vaughan voiced his criticism after they had lost their last seven first-innings wickets for 62 runs to be bowled out in little more than 50 overs.

Root's counter-attack briefly paid dividends in his innings of 78 from just 76 balls, but Vaughan suggested England did themselves few favours with a "Twenty20" tempo.

"The England batting has been appalling," he said on the BBC. "Maybe it's a lack of respect about what the game is. They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game. They have this approach of attack, attack, attack."

England fared even worse in their second innings, bowled out for 133 in only 44.2 overs in notional pursuit of 474 as South Africa levelled the four-match series at 1-1 and consigned England to a sixth defeat in their last eight Tests.

Root, who has been in charge for just the last two, took umbrage at the remarks of his long-time friend and mentor - who rose from the same club, Sheffield Collegiate, to captain his country.

Asked for a reaction to Vaughan's remarks, he said: "I think that's very unfair - I can't believe he's actually said that. We pride ourselves on winning series like this, and unfortunately we've played poorly this week."

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