Joe Root termed Michael Vaughan’s criticism as “unfair” after England suffered 340-run defeat to South Africa in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
England were bowled out for 133 in the second innings, their second biggest loss in terms of runs and Vaughan talking on BBC’s Test Match Special blasted England’s batting and said it was “appalling” and added it was born from a “lack of respect” for the values of Test cricket. “They look like they are playing a T20 game,” he said.
Vaughan suggested that England are suffering for playing too much of white ball cricket after the team’s seventh loss from its 10 most recent Test matches. Former England captains, Nasser Hussain and Geoff Boycott too berated England for playing “rubbish brand of cricket”.
However, Root, who has considered Vaughan as his mentor was in disbelief that he could have said something like this.
“That’s very unfair. I can’t believe he’s actually said that, to be honest. We pride ourselves on winning series like this and unfortunately we’ve played poorly this week,” Root said.
While the England captain accepted that his side’s batting was “disappointing” and the batsmen have failed to adapt quickly to the longer format. But assured that the team will bounce back and try winning the series, which is currently squared at 1-1.
“It was very disappointing the way we played today,” Root said. “We’re a side that doesn’t like giving anything away and unfortunately today that wasn’t a fair representation of how good we are as a team.
“It’s important to stay calm. There’s a lot of cricket left to be played in this series. It’s important we don’t sulk and we don’t get too down on ourselves. We’re a good side and we don’t lose that overnight,” Root also said.