Buttler, Pope and Denly rescue England
Half-centuries from Jos Buttler, Ollie Pope and Joe Denly rescued England on day two of their warm-up against New Zealand A.The tourists, who resumed Saturday morning on 26-1, tumbled to 105-5, with Dom Sibley (14), nightwatchman Jack Leach (22), skipper Joe Root (2) and vice-captain Ben Stokes (3) dismissed.
Quick guide. England ’ s batting woes . Show. Hide. 10.00 West Indies. In the first year of his captaincy , Root reached 50 in 14 out of 25 innings. Since then he has done so in four innings out of 22.
England ' s captaincy continues to take a toll on Joe Root but Ben Stokes batted beautifully before England were woeful and lost opening Test against New Zealand by an innings Chris Silverwood's reign suffered a horror start as Joe Root struggled again
Joe Root says it would easy to use the England captaincy as an excuse for his batting woes but the 28-year-old is confident he can get things back on track by continuing to work hard.
Root underwhelmed with the bat in England's defeat by New Zealand in the first test at Mount Maunganui on Monday, scoring two runs in the first innings and 11 in the second as the tourists were trounced by an innings and 65 runs.
Root, who was named full-time test captain in 2017 and averages 47.35 in tests, scored the last of his 16 centuries in the longest format against West Indies in February.
Denly: I thought my tour was over
England batsman Joe Denly has admitted he feared his tour of New Zealand was over after injuring his ankle ahead of the T20Is.Denly missed the five-match series in the shortest format, which England won 3-2, with ligament damage but returned to the side for the second Test-match warm-up and scored 68 against New Zealand A.
England have become aggressive, flexible and free-thinking, an approach more in keeping with Michael Vaughan than Alastair Cook or Andrew Strauss. Shane Warne, who, it’ s true, had a book to promote, said England should give the captaincy to Jos Buttler and leave Root to get on with his batting .
Joe Root has been appointed as England ’ s new Test captain after accepting the position during talks with Joe Root described himself as feeling “privileged” and said he would look to build on the work of for the first time in January. “Knowing Joe it will probably enhance his batting rather than affect it
"I've had a rough time in terms of scores," Root told reporters. "I'm working hard. You have to go through a bit of a dip. The fact I'm captain, it's an easy excuse to use.
"I'm going to have to keep trusting my game ... I must not overthink things and just try to find that rhythm which allows me to get my innings off and running."
Root had said before the start of the New Zealand series that England's batsmen would try to be more patient and stay at the crease longer. While that approach did not pay off at Bay Oval he said it would take time to perfect.
"There was a period during the Ashes where we looked to try to find ways of managing on a good surface against a very disciplined attack," he said. "It's evolved from that and it's clear here that it's a method that works.
"We want to play in a way very different to how we've played in our conditions and it's going to take time."
The second test begins in Hamilton on Friday.
Why 'appalling' Pakistan were no match for Aussies .
A former Australian captain has blasted the leadership of the Pakistan team as 'abysmal' following their 2-0 series loss.That's the view of former Australian skipper Ian Chappell, who says Azhar Ali's leadership was a key factor in Australia's thumping 2-0 series win.