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Root rails against knee-jerk reactions

18th December 2017, 18:42 by Neil Foster

England captain Joe Root does not want to see his senior players react to the Ashes defeat by deciding to retire.

England were thrashed by an innings in the third Test in Perth, meaning they have surrendered the urn with two Tests still to play.

Former captain Alastair Cook has endured a woeful series and hardly contributed with the bat, while seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been ineffective in unhelpful conditions.

Their lack of pace has been exposed once again away from home wickets and there have been questions raised about the futures' of the experienced trio.

It is being suggested that at least two of them might opt to call time on their international careers once they return home in January.

Root hopes that is not the case and has backed the veterans to carry on.

"I'd like to think Cook, Broad and Anderson will be in the team in a year's time," he said. "They have a huge amount of experience and offer a lot to the group. The senior guys have proven time and time again that they have got it.

"It's important we don't panic and make any hasty decisions after three games."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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