Cricket-Ashes ‘on the line’, Root wants England to replicate Buttler’s fight

Defeated in four days in the series opener in Brisbane, England succumbed to their second straight loss to Adelaide despite relentless resistance from Jos Buttler with the bat.

“The Ashes are on the line here, if it’s not motivation I don’t know what it is,” Root said after his team’s 275 point loss in the day-night test.

Buttler’s 26 runs on 207 balls delayed Australia’s winning charge for some time and Root said this should be the model for the remaining matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart.

“At the end of the day, it’s the attitude and the mindset that we need to harness over the next five days,” Root said.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the guys fought today, that attitude and that desire that is the way we have to go for quite a test match.

“I thought Jos’s heats were exceptional on this pitch. He should have gained a lot more confidence because of it.”

When asked if he picked the wrong team for Adelaide, Root said his bowlers should have played longer with the pink ball.

“We have to be more courageous and put the ball up there,” he said.

“The most disappointing thing for me is the number of no-balls we keep playing. We don’t think Australia is much better than us under these conditions. We are better than what we played. . “

Belief was key to trying to get back on the show, he said.

“We have to believe, we have to keep learning, we have to learn faster. We cannot make the same mistake that we have made so far. We have to have the same attitude as today,” Root added. .

“If we do this I’m sure we have what it takes but we can’t make mistakes. We need partnerships and big contributions.”

Root was deeply disappointed in himself for releasing Mitchell Starc’s last bullet on Sunday night after being shot in the groin minutes before.

He was also injured in the same spot during morning training.

“I was emptied last night. It was a tough day yesterday. I was very angry with myself. I should have been able to stay and put on the leg warmers today and lead by example,” did he declare.

(Edited by Amlan Chakraborty and Christian Radnedge)

By Richard Evans