Ashes 2013: Joe Root defends England’s slow scoring rate

Joe Root said the conditions were not suitable for his team to go after the bowling on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test © Getty Images

Aug 24, 2013

England opener Joe Root defended his team’s slow scoring rate on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval and said that it was ‘not viable’ to score at a brisk rate.

“Obviously there’s some sort of responsibility [to entertain] or no one would come and watch, but it can’t happen every game,” said Root, as reported by BBC.

“With the way they bowled and the pitch it’s not been viable to score quickly.”

England were happy to defend the majority of the third day’s play and scored just 215 runs in 98.3 overs.

Root went on to say, “We have to get the best possible outcome for England. People come to watch cricket for a number of reasons, but [the excitement level] is something we can’t always control.

“We need to play the situation. Fair credit to Australia, they bowled pretty well and made it hard for us to score fluently.

“You always want to come out of a series with the best possible outcome, whether that be 4-0 or 3-0, that’s always the target.

“If we can go away with 3-0, it will obviously stand us in good stead going to Australia [in the winter].
“We’ve played some hard cricket, it’s not always easy to go out and score at four an over. Sometimes you have to accept that and play the situation as it is,” he added.

Earlier, former skipper Michael Vaughan had expressed his concern over England’s negative approach and felt that it would hand Australia the momentum ahead of the return Ashes series later this year.