Root: England Need to 'Learn Fast' in Ashes

Root: England Need to 'Learn Fast' in Ashes
England's captain Joe Root, right, walks off the podium as his counterpart, Australia's Steve Smith steps up at the end of the fifth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide

England captain Joe Root says his side needs to learn fast after slumping to a 2-0 Ashes deficit following their 275-run defeat to Australia on Monday.

The Australians dominated the second Ashes Test in Adelaide despite the loss of captain Pat Cummins along with fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood, with replacement Jhye Richardson taking a second-innings five-wicket haul.

Marnus Labuschagne was named Player of the Match after scoring 103 and 51 for the Aussies, who made 473-9 declared in the first innings against an England attack which bowled a poor length, leaving Root frustrated.

“If you look at the first innings in particular, I thought we were a little bit short with the ball, we didn’t challenge them enough, we allowed them to leave and they left very well again,” Root told reporters.

“You’re looking at half a metre (in length) at times and if you look at the number of times they played and missed and we beat the bat, it can be frustrating and you think you’re doing the right thing.

“We just have to be that little bit braver, get the ball up there and accept that every now and then we’re going to get driven. I expect them to. We’ve got three games, three massive games with the Ashes on the line now and if that’s not motivation enough to go out there and put performances in, then I don’t know what is.”

Australia had commanded their way to victory in the first Test in Brisbane, winning by nine wickets, showing the large gap between the two sides.

“We need to learn, and we need to learn fast,” Root said. “The frustration within our dressing room is that we’ve not quite executed some basic things well enough for the second game in a row, and we need to respond very quickly.

“The disappointing thing about this week is that we made the same mistakes as last week. The most disappointing thing for me is the amount of no-balls we keep bowling, and the number of chances we missed again, after last week.”

The third Ashes Test takes place at the MCG in Melbourne from Sunday on Boxing Day.

Ben somerford
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