He was beaten by one play and 12 runs by South Africa in the opening match of a three-match series at Lord’s last week; Watch Second Test at Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports from Thursday (10am broadcast, 11am first shiny)
Last updated: 08/24/22 11:29 pm
Joe Root insists England will not change their approach in their second LV=Insurance test match against South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford, despite the hosts’ crushing defeat to Lord last week.
The British hitters lasted a total of 82.4 passes in the innings and lost 12 innings, getting bowled by 165 in their first inning before collapsing to 149 all in their second.
The loss was England’s first since Ben Stokes took over Root as Test captain and Brendon McCullum became head coach, with the team winning the series 3-0 against New Zealand before beating India in their reordered fifth test from 2021. series.
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Root said to Sports sky when reflecting on the team’s first defeat of the summer.
“The credit has to go to South Africa. They made the most of the conditions that were offered to them and they went beyond us.
“You have to consider that. But I don’t think it’s going to change anything the way we approach this week.
“I think we’ve come a very long way in a short amount of time as a Test team. From where we were at the start of the year, to how we played in the first four Tests. of summer, it’s a big stride forward.
“It’s really important that we continue that good work, the changes we’ve made in terms of our mindset.
“We have to really knock that house down this week when we get the chance.”
Root added: “We all know where we need to improve. It’s about going out there and managing those certain situations as best we can.
“Similarly, we have to keep looking for opportunities to put them under pressure again.”
‘Britain will not back down’
Stokes echoed Root’s sentiments when speaking to the press ahead of the second Test of the three-match series, saying: “The post-match address was, ‘look, guys, you obviously couldn’t. It’s anywhere close to what we want and we know we can, but it’s not something we’re going to back down from’.
“South Africa played better than us in that Test, that’s okay, that’s the sport. Sport is set up for someone to be a winner and someone a loser. We’re focused. into this game and the next and want to win the series 2-1.”
Stokes confirmed that England have recalled Ollie Robinson in place of runner Matthew Potts for the second test at Emirates Old Traffordwhile South Africa was supposed to enter the match with the same four-point attack speed that delivered a very good win over Lord.
Labeled the ‘fab four’, Kagiso Rabada was on God’s honor roll with five championships in the first inning, Anrich Nortje pitching at breakneck speed, reaching 95mph, Marco Jansen 6 ft 7 provided the backhand corner for his lofty goal and Lungi Ngidi deserved a bigger reward than his lone strike of Root in the second half.
“It was a very good attack,” said Root. “They have speed, variety, different angles and people that offer different skills.
“But, again, that gives you different scoring opportunities. And it’s really important as a batting team that you look at that – see where you can try and peck. Cut them up and pick them out.
“Of course, they’ll be full of confidence going into this week, they’ll go after the way they played [at Lord’s].
“But, again, I think it’s important that we go into this game, find every opportunity we can to score in a controlled manner and really find a way to put pressure back on them.”
Watch day one of the LV = Coverage Monday test between England and South Africa, from Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports The Hundred from Thursday. Construction started at 10am before the first ball game at 11am.