Root eager to learn from mistakes

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All-rounder Joe Root has implored England's batsmen to put in a decidedly stronger performance, come Wednesday's third ODI against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in Manchester.

All-rounder Joe Root has implored England's batsmen to put in a decidedly stronger performance, come Wednesday's third ODI against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The English slumped to a humiliating 99 all out – and 157-run defeat – in the second match in Chester-le-Street, Durham, last week. Root perished for a third-ball duck.

"You get yourself into a position where you're 30 for four chasing 250-odd you're always going to be struggling. As a batting unit we've got to hold our hands up and say it's not good enough," sad Root.

"There isn't one that slaps you in the face. I think there are little things from a personal point of view that we can work on in practice and try and iron out. But we can't really worry about it too much.

"We've got to try and take as much of the good stuff from there and learn from the mistakes made in Durham and make sure we come out on Wednesday with a really good performance."

Former captain Ian Botham was damning in a frank indictment of the hosts' dismal performance in front of a sparse crowd at the Riverside Ground on Sunday. The 23-year-old Root echoed the sentiment – but anticipated a prompt turnaround across the remainder of the five-match series.

"It's always better when you get a full crowd. But 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," he added.

"We don't want to play like the way we did, where people come to watch and feel let down, we want to make sure that everyone who comes is impressed by what they see and want to come again."

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