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England vs NZ 2021 – Joe Root admits England were ‘outplayed in all three departments’ by New Zealand

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But England skipper says now is not the time to “rip up all the hard work we’ve done”

Joe Root has admitted England were “outplayed in all three departments” after slipping to defeat in the LV=Insurance Test series against New Zealand.

The series defeat was England’s first at home since 2014 and Root’s first at home as captain. It was also New Zealand’s first Test series victory in England since 1999.

But while Root accepted it had been a “disappointing performance” from his side, he insisted it would “be the wrong time to start panicking and trying to rip up all the hard work we’ve done for such a long period of time.”

“It’s been a frustrating and disappointing performance this week,” Root said. “I don’t think we’ve given a fair account of ourselves. We’ve been outplayed in all three departments, particularly the batting.

“We didn’t get the runs [we should have done] in the first innings. We missed chances in the field and didn’t help our bowlers in that respect. And with the bat [in the second innings] we were poor.

“Sometimes in Test cricket you can have a poor session with the ball and you’re still very much in the game. But a session that like can cost you a Test. That’s where we find ourselves. It’s cost us the series and we have some hard lessons to learn.

“We have to look at where we can get better individually and collectively. We need to be honest about that. We have to have some hard conversations and move forward.”

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