Sri Lanka in England 2014 May 26, 2014

England defeat 'embarrassing' - Root

ESPNcricinfo staff

Joe Root has admitted that England's 157-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second ODI was "embarrassing" and said improved performances are required to keep the paying public interested. There were empty seats on display for Sunday's game at Chester-le-Street, as England were bowled out for 99, while tickets remain on sale for the three remaining matches in the series.

England's performance, following on from an encouraging victory in the opening match at The Oval, reawakened unease after a winter in which losing became an impossible habit to shake. Root, who made 0 as part of an abject batting display, said England would pick through the debris before Wednesday's game at Old Trafford to ensure that another debacle does not ensue.

"We're all very disappointed with the way we played," he 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."

Eoin Morgan, England's stand-in captain, described the defeat - England's fifth-heaviest in terms of runs - as one of the worst he had been involved with. The limited-overs series against Sri Lanka began with talk of repaying the fans after a trying winter and Root emphasised that playing well was the best way to pack out grounds.

"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."

England hope to have Alastair Cook fit to resume the captaincy in Manchester after a groin strain and it is certain he will demand an improved effort with the bat. Root described the display as "not good enough" but echoed Morgan's view that such a heavy beating would in some ways be easier to leave behind and pointed to the first ODI as a recent performance that England could draw confidence from.

"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.

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  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I think. Kusl should oped da batin . Then dilly don't have pressure. If kusl get use to the condition that will help him to when he ply WC 2015 in NZ/ aus. Also we should find batting alroundr who could bat wel and Bal spin. Chathu or jewa good option.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    The three seniors Sanga ,mahela and Dilshan are at the end of there carriers.No doubt they are Legends and done a yeoman service to Srilanka cricket.But that should not be considered a guarantee for for a place in ODI team.If they are not performing well they should make way for the youngsters.At present Dilshan is the only person who deserves a place in the ODI team.Sanga is pedestrial and consumes a lot of balls and put presure on the lower order.Mahela is off color and certainly should be rested.we saw how Kithruwan against sussex and in the T 20.this guy and palyers like Charuranga,Kusal should be given more oppotunities if we are to win the world cup 2015.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    bring some T20 player ENG.

  • kavindu on May 27, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    According to my opinion kusal should open the batting with dilshan.otherwise with thiri dilshan is in lot of preasure to do all the bashing,when it happens there is a good chance of dilshan to got out cheaply.and also looking at the past chandi has played very well on english if we to win another world cup,we should give chandi a chance at top 4 and our classical maiya should leave behind to harvest on last few overs with his deft touches and various shots around the 360.ashan also proved he is a good batsmen to play on a seeming its clearly a good future ahead for us srilankans.but its success will depend on selectors.they have to made the right calls at the right time.

  • Lalith on May 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    My Team to develop for WC is: Thiri, Dilly, Kumar. Mahiya, Angelo, Ashan, Thissara, Sachi, Kule, Prasad, and Toe Crusher. Replacements: Dinesh for Middle Order, Chathu for Spin and allrounders and Lakmal, and left arm Fast bowler (to be found) for fast bowling. I do not think Ajantha or Kusal are effective in NZ/Aus. I also want Dilly to start bowling spin in the first 10 overs to consume overs. Kule and Dilly to start bowing followed by Prasad. Middle overs by Anjelo, Sachi and Thissara leaving more overs for Slinga in the end. Toss Win and bat first.

  • G on May 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    the embarrassing thing for ECB is Downton coming out before the game explaining it was Pietersen's slack, loose and dis-interested approach to the final test in Australia - I wonder what they made of the 11 fielders out there for this game

  • Philip on May 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    The previous victory achieved at the Oval under difficult weather conditions had been over rated by England and did not actually analyse the victory well. The subject of D/L method and the effect it had on the chase had been seriously undermined. The one of loss by the Sri Lankan's has been hailed as a huge and big victory. This is where the England team/manager/pundits etc all failed

    The fact that SriLanka did play as a team and more so as an effective machine with all parts functioning well. This cannot be said of the England team as they has been consistent in how they have been performing. By the way, consistently bad is what I am saying.

    Well done Sri Lanka for giving your supports more joy with the odd bit of sadness. We will back you all the way. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Hari Hara Kumar on May 27, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It is going to be more Mental test for England from here, They have decent Young team to build up, Cook's presence with boost them some what. Of all that Player has to understand their role in the team and take more responsibilities.

    If they get things right in batting, guess they will be the Dark Horse of WC 2015.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I'm proud to be a Sri Lankan because we as Sri Lankan never let down our team in a win or loos we'll be write behind with them to share it. It's because of the sprite shown by the team on and out the field which reflect among the fans as well (even though not healthy relationship with management they play for the country). The players celebrate each others success and backup each in a bad performance. The same attitude follows by the fans as they never let down the team even in bad outing unlike English fans. This is a real characteristic build by the Sri Lankan team in the past decade. It doesn't come from nowhere but it earn by each game. If giving example, the best is the fighting sprite till the last ball and as individual the honesty as they hardly wait for the umpires call. Therefore England can't win the fans by just wining back to back matches unless they show some real characteristic among the new looking English Team.

  • Nimmie on May 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    time, due to slow reflex, even with massive opportunities given to them @ the cost of careers of many World class players (e.g. IanDaniel a Star of YthWC2000)produced by the Country.The youngsters, they prefer too, have similar batting defects of the 3, aren't very clean hitters,tend to offer 2-3chances, to score a 50, even on flat tracks. This isn't big issue for the selectors and the local media. If we are to maintain consistency in ODIs & Tests we have to discard all these young & old reckless hitters sooner than later and fill those places with proper batters of neat stroke play: Khausal Silva, Khandhamby & RoshenSilva (very consistent Domestic batters) AngeloPerera (the Best Sc'boy Bat' of the Year 2009)BhanukaRajapaksha (the Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '10&11,One of the Top batters in Youth WC '10); Niroshan Dickwella (Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '12),KusalMendis(Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year 13)& other consistent performers of good skill&reflex /Stats Cricinfo

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