Brisbane, Dec 11: England captain Joe Root on Saturday said that his team must improve its batting and fielding to get back into the Ashes Series, after their defeat in the opening test of the series.
Australia dominantly put the English team to defeat within just 4 days despite Root winning the toss and opting to bat first.
The English players were out of wickets after scoring just 147 runs in the first innings while the Aussies scored a high of 425 runs. In the second innings, England was able to show some good cricket with the bat, especially Root (89) and Dawid Malan (82). However, the English team managed to make a lead of just 20 runs before losing all 10 wickets.
At the end of England’s 2nd innings, the score card read 297/10(103.0 overs).
The Aussies took just 5.1 overs and a wicket to chase the lead and seal the match with a one-sided win. The skipper also held the team responsible for putting down too many chances, which allowed Australia to build a first-innings total of 425 and an ominous lead.
“If I’m being honest, we can’t create as many chances as we did and put them down,” said Root.
“Our bowlers were excellent. We have got to be better in the field and with the bat. We know where we need to get better, but the way we responded in the second innings showed a great amount of character and fight which will stand us in good stead.” The skipper added.
The captain also had to face a lot of criticism from the fans for excluding two greatest wicket-takers – Anderson and Broad – out of the starting eleven, despite the fact that Gabba ground tends to favor seam bowlers.
However, Root did not address directly when asked in his post-match television interview whether he would have chosen differently if given his time again.
“One thing I will say is we wanted variation in our attack, to be able to change the pace and move through different gears throughout the innings,” he said.