England cricketer Joe Root was amazed by former England captain Michael Vaughan said that his side has failed to respect Test cricket during their beating of 340 run by South Africa at Trent Bridge.
Vaughan, who was now a commentator on BCC Radio’s Test Match Special, made his hurtful comments as England lost by seven first-innings wickets for 62 runs to be bowled out in the title more than 50 overs for 205.
Vaughan, who played along with Root’s father Matt at the Sheffield Collegiate Club in Yorkshire, said that “The England batting has been appalling. 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. There is no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down,” said Vaughan.
England’s second innings was worse and this was their sixth defeat in their last eight Tests and Root was taken aback by mentor Vaughan’s comments. “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,” said Root.
According to the match situation, Yorkshireman accepted his side should bat in different styles. “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.”
He added, “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. 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.”
Talking about the experience of huge loss Test-match against England at Lord’s in his first Test, Root said “I definitely feel older – it’s been a tough week. 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. 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.”