We have got to get better, says Joe Root after series loss to West Indies
Joe Root's England have pride to play for in the last Test. © AFP

England captain Joe Root has demanded that his team improve their game in the last Test of the series, after surrendering the first two Tests to West Indies.

England were beaten by 381 runs in Barbados last week and on Sunday fell to a ten-wicket hammering after they were bowled out for 132 in Antigua.

Reflecting on the ruins of two massive defeats, Root felt his team – ranked third in Tests as compared to West Indies at eighth – had the talent but were “out-skilled at times” by the hosts. (READ MORE: Holder, Roach lead West Indies to crushing win over England)

“Fair play to Windies, the found a way to manage the conditions with a couple of gutsy innings which kept them in the game,” Root told Sky Sports Cricket. “The Windies bowlers exploited conditions and made it very difficult, so I think we can learn lessons there. We were out-skilled at times.”

If being bowled out for 77 in the first innings at Kensington Oval was the trigger for defeat in the series opener, totals of 187 and 132 in Antigua showed up England as a team with batting issues. While their second innings spanned 253 deliveries, Darren Bravo hung in for 216 balls to score a dogged 50.

For Root, the malaise was not a lack of talent but a collective failure against good bowling. (READ MORE: ‘Long, hard talk’ behind West Indies’ turnaround)

“We have got a talented squad of players that are more than capable of winning out here. We have just got to be better. Not making 200, even on a wicket as challenging as that [in Antigua], is disappointing,” he said. “We need to score more runs up top but I don’t necessarily think personnel needs to change – Rory [Burns] played exceptionally well in the last game.

“We just need to find better methods of coping with certain things – it’s something we need to address and get right.”

Root did not choose to look at the omission of Stuart Broad from the first Test as an “excuse” for England’s predicament.

“The main thing is looking at how we have gone about it in the games,” he said. “It’s easy to look at selection but I think that would be an excuse. We have under-performed with the bat and that has put us under pressure.”

The third and final Test is at Gros Islet from February 9.