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England batsman Joe Root has admitted that the national team’s performance during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Durham was “embarrassing” by any standard.
England were skittled out for 99 in reply to their target of 257.
Only Ian Bell, who mustered 12 runs, and stand-in captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 40, managed to make it into double figures.
“We’re all very disappointed with the way we played,” Root said. “We don’t want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that. It’s quite embarrassing.
“I think we’ll have a discussion when we get to Manchester and review the game properly. Sometimes you get emotional on the day of the game it’s better to leave it a few days and then discuss it as a side. I think that’s what we’ll do. We have got to make sure we’re very honest with ourselves and don’t let a performance like that happen again.”
Morgan described the 157-run thrashing as one of the worst matches he had been involved in throughout his entire international career.
Root added that England have to turn their fortunes around if they want matches to be completely sold out.
“It’s always better when you get a full crowd,” Root said. “But the one way to get people to come and watch you is to win games of cricket and we have to make sure we can do that consistently, earn the right for people to want to come and watch us. We don’t want to play like yesterday, where people come to watch and feel let down, we want to make sure that everyone who comes is impressed by what they see and want to come again.”
Root also noted that the national team should draw inspiration from their 81-run victory in the first ODI at The Oval.
“In the first game we played some exceptionally good cricket and yesterday we didn’t,” he said. “If we’re being brutally honest it just wasn’t a good enough performance from the whole team, especially the batters. You get yourself into a position where you’re 30 for four chasing 250 you’re always going to be struggling. As a batting unit we’ve got to hold our hands up and say it’s not good enough.
“There isn’t one that slaps you in the face. I think there are little things from a personal point of view that we can work on in practice and try and iron out. But we can’t really worry about it too much, we played some really good cricket at The Oval, which was not even a week ago now. We’ve got to try and take as much of the good stuff from there and learn from the mistakes made in Durham and make sure we come out on Wednesday with a really good performance.”