Root: England have to get over poor winter

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England skipper Joe Root said that while some members of his team may be low on confidence they need to find a way to perform against Pakistan.

The home side were emphatically beaten by Pakistan at Lord’s by nine wickets giving new National selector Ed Smith the kind of start he would have had nightmares about.

England have had to call up cover for Ben Stokes who has a tight hamstring and will face a late fitness test, young Surrey allrounder Sam Curran is on standby.

Root said from Headingley: “There is no place for ‘poor me’s’ in international sport.

“Sometimes you’re a little low on confidence after a difficult winter – you’ve got to get over that. It’s very easy to feel sorry for yourself when things aren’t going well.

“(But) you look at the best players in the world, best captains in the world, I’m sure they have the approach of going out there and being determined to put it right – maybe being a little bit stubborn at times and maybe wanting to prove a point to certain people.

“I think that can be a really good driver for all the guys.”

Root backed coach Trevor Bayliss as the man to take England forward as coach despite the criticism levelled at the Australian recently.

He added: “I love working with Trev. I don’t see why there is need for a change.

“We’ve been below par the last six months, and I think the easy thing is the knee-jerk reaction – change everything completely.”

Root is also confident that the England team can come good without wholesale changes.

He said: “Look at the players we have got – you tell me that Ben Stokes isn’t a world-class player, that can win the game with bat and ball.

“Look at Dawid (Malan), the way he played in Perth. That’s an unbelievable Test match hundred against a really good attack.

“There’s plenty of evidence we have the players – it’s just doing it consistently well over a long period of time.

“I have full confidence in that group. We have everything we need.”

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