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Cricket news - England have been outplayed, outperformed: Root

Can someone in the England team play an innings like Darren Bravo?

England captain Joe Root said that his side is hurting from losing a series they were expected to win outright, especially after the kind of performance they put in Sri Lanka recently. The visitors capitulated on the third day of the second Test in Antigua, making it twice in two games when their batting hasn't looked up to the mark, and lost the series 2-0 to Windies with a match to spare.

"It's very disappointing," Root said after England's ten-wicket loss in Antigua. "We came here wanting to win this series and find ourselves with a game to go and being out of it, it's hard to take. We've been out-played, we've been out-performed, we have to take that on the chin as a side and we've got to learn some lessons.

"The way they've gone about stuff in certain areas has been very skilful. They [West Indies] got themselves to a very good score (306) on that surface."

Root said that England will try and assuage the stinging series loss by putting in a better show in St Lucia, the venue for the third and final Test of the series.

"We've got to make sure we respond quickly and we respond well when we get to St Lucia and finish positively as a side. We haven't had that same approach as we had in Sri Lanka of going out there and really taking sides on. I think there has been some very highly skilled bowling in bowling-friendly conditions and the big moments we haven't managed as well as they have."

The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua has been in focus because of the inconsistent bounce and prodigious seam movement on display since Day 1. Root said the pitch didn't quite offer an ideal contest between the bat and the ball but admitted that it was still a fair playing ground given both the teams had to bat on the surface.

"It's definitely a bowler-friendly surface," Root said. "You wouldn't say it was a fair contest between bat and ball, but both sides have played on it and they have managed certain areas better than us. I think it was a good toss to win - we would certainly have bowled."

Darren Bravo in many ways set the victory for Windies with a marathon 216-ball fifty, the slowest ever by a West Indian. Does England have someone who can bat like that? "I think a number of guys can, I'd like to think I can," Root said. "I felt unfortunate not to make a big contribution and when experienced players aren't making scores over fifty, it makes it very difficult for the rest of the guys around them.

"I think we have got to be better at what we do, or maybe do things slightly differently," added Root. "The choice comes down to the individual. I can't bat for 11 guys, neither can Trevor or Ramps [Mark Ramprakash]. The responsibility is down to the individual. But we will stick together and work on it as a group and try and come back with a really strong response in St Lucia."

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