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England captain Root terms defeat “disappointing”

LONDON: England captain Joe Root on Sunday described the nine wicket defeat against Pakistan as "disappointing" and hoped his team will overcome the loss in the second Test at Leeds staring on Friday. Pakistan cleaned up England's four wickets in the space of just 18 balls for the addition of just seven runs and then wiped off the 64 needed for victory to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Pakistan outplayed their more formidable and experienced opponents as they bowled them out for 184 and 243 with paceman…

Root joy as England mark Oval milestone in style

LONDON: Joe Root was delighted with England's all-round effort as they bounced back to hammer South Africa by 239 runs in the third Test at The Oval on Monday. England's Moeen Ali finished things off in style by becoming the first bowler in 100 Test at The Oval to take a hat-trick. "What a way to celebrate the 100th Test at this ground," Root told Sky Sports of off-spinner Ali's hat-trick. Man-of-the-match Ben Stokes, who caught two of Ali's hat-trick victims, had a good view when Morne Morkel fell lbw to complete…

‘Do it your way’, Hussain tells new England captain Root

LONDON: Nasser Hussain urged Joe Root to lead in his own way and keep piling on the runs after he was appointed as England‘s new Test captain on Monday. Yorkshire batsman Root, previously England’s vice-captain, had long been the favourite to take over from Alastair Cook, who resigned as Test skipper last week after a national record 59 matches in charge. Hussain was England captain from 1999-2003 and, as Root will have to do, combined the duties of leadership with being one of the side’s top-order batsmen. “Two…