England batsman Joe Root has given a brutally honest assessment of Sunday’s performance against Sri Lanka ahead of the crucial third ODI with the Royal London series currently tied at 1-1.
The Yorkshireman was part of a side that was bowled out for 99 and lost by 157 runs in Durham after taking a 1-0 lead due to a positive performance at the Oval just days earlier.
However, that performance was soon forgotten about after the Sri Lankan attack destroyed the England batting line-up with only captain for the day Eoin Morgan showing any resistance before he was dismissed for 40. That followed a miserable afternoon in the field where dropped catches and misfields shifted the momentum towards the tourists.
Alastair Cook missed the 50-over contest due to a groin complaint but he is expected to return at Old Trafford for the day-night game which starts at 2pm local time with Michael Carberry expected to miss out.
Whoever wins in Manchester would be in pole position to take the five-game series which continues at Lord’s on Saturday before the final match at Edgbaston next Tuesday.
Root said the players didn’t only let themselves down but also the loyal England supporters and they have to put that right tomorrow.
"We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that. It's quite embarrassing.
"We have got to make sure we're very honest with ourselves and don't let a performance like that happen again.
"The one way to get people to come and watch you is to win games of cricket and we have to make sure we can do that consistently, earn the right for people to want to come and watch us.
"We don't want to play like Sunday, where people come to watch and feel let down.
"We want to make sure everyone who comes in is impressed by what they see and want to come again."
Although the manner of the defeat clearly hurt the England squad the 23-year-old says they have to move on and concentrate on the fixture in Manchester.
"We can't really worry about it too much. We played some really good cricket at the Oval, which was not even a week ago now," said Root.
"If we do play at the top of our game we're going to beat sides like Sri Lanka. In the first game we played some exceptionally good cricket and yesterday, we didn't.
"If we're being brutally honest it just wasn't a good enough performance from the whole team, especially the batters. As a batting unit, we've got to hold our hands up and say it's not good enough."