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Friday, June 1, 2018

England must stop feeling sorry for themselves says captain Joe Root as an unwanted piece of history beckons


Joe Root has demanded a response from his players in Leeds this week to avoid a hat-trick of series defeats for the first time in a decade.

Not since the turmoil of the Kevin Pietersen/Peter Moores era 37 series ago have England

“It’s just going out and proving it to ourselves, more than anything, and doing it consistently. If we do that, I think we’ll fly – we’ll go places quite quickly.

“Individually you’ve got to get your mind on performing at your best and get yourself in that state of mind to really go and show how good you are. It’s ultimately about performing under pressure.”

Not enough players including the captain have done that lately though, which begs the question how good actually are they?

lost three on the bounce. But if they fail to beat Pakistan in the second Test starting at Headingley on Friday they will set another unwanted record.

Uncertainty remains over star man Ben Stokes’ participation in the match owing to a sore hamstring, which could lead to a debut for 19-year-old Sam Curran in a weakened line-up.

But rather than feel sorry for themselves, Root wants his team to prove a point to the dressing room and to others that their poor status is not a fair reflection of the quality on show.

“It’s very easy to feel sorry for yourself when things aren’t going well,” said Yorkshireman Root, who will be playing on his home ground. “But there is no place for “poor-mes” in international sport.

“If you look at the best players 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’m looking forward to getting out there straightaway and turning things round.

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