‘As a team we know we’ve been underperforming’, says Joe Root

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“We always want to show fight”

Following his outstanding knock of 87 on day four of the second Test in Adelaide, England batsman Joe Root has admitted that “as a team we know we’ve been underperforming”.

Root’s comments come after Australia only need four wickets on the final day of the Test match to go 2-0 up in the series. 

“We always want to show fight,” Root told Sky Sports. “We pride ourselves on that.

“Obviously so far in this series we’ve not managed to do that like we pride ourselves on. It’s good to get a few guys getting some scores and showing a bit of fight.

“As a team we know we’ve been underperforming. That’s quite evident with the scores we’ve got.

“We’re going to have to make sure we keep fronting up and keep trying ourselves in practice and when we get out there make sure we get in a scrap and we do the country proud.”

Root also admitted that he had enjoyed batting up the order after captain Alastair Cook promoted him from number six to number three. 

“It’s been great,” he said. “Obviously I’ve only had two innings, a bad shot in the first innings – which I try not to talk about too much – but hopefully I can try and put some scores together and try to cement that spot.

“We’re in a scrap, we knew that and we knew we’d have to come out fighting and that’s what I was trying to do, fight for as long as I could and stay out there for as long as possible.

“I had to drag myself off. Obviously I was very disappointed. I just wanted to try to do as best a job as I could for England.”

When asked if the 87 he scored was his best Test innings, Root said: “Ask me if we get a result at the end of the game. To me, if we’re losing Test matches – regardless of your scores – you’re not going to pride yourself on your performance.”

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