England fans are saying the same thing after a crushing defeat against Pakistan

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It's hard to argue that the latest Test match defeat will be something the England squad and fans alike want to forget about and put behind them instantly.

The test format hasn't been too kind to England in recent months. They lost to New Zealand earlier in the year and less said about the 2017/18 Ashes series in Australia, the better.

The Aussies came out 4-0 winners, and England's recent run of results seems like a world away from last summer's victories over South Africa and the West Indies.

Mohammad Abbas took eight wickets amongst the destruction at Lord's, and since he made his debut for his country last year, no player has taken more Test match wickets at a lower average, an impressive feat for the 28-year-old.

England v Pakistan: 1st Test - Day Four

England coach Trevor Bayliss was far from impressed with his team's showing, saying; "The problem is that we didn’t bat very well at all.

"We simply keep making the same mistakes. We have seen these guys score runs in difficult conditions but we have to do it more often.”

You can't argue with him really, they lost four wickets in seven balls leaving their opponents just 64 runs to wrap up the runaway win.

The 'Barmy Army' are far from pleased with what they saw on the field of Pakistan's demolition job, and they voiced it on social media, and one man in particular is having the finger well and truly pointed at him.

Joe Root took over the Test captaincy from Alastair Cook last summer, and after a good two-win start to his reign, two series defeats in a row, and a further embarrassment today means that he was inevitably going to be criticised - and some fans are going at him on Twitter.

England v Pakistan: 1st Test - Day Four

And most tweets are arguing the same thing - that the 27-year-old Yorkshireman may not be ready to lead his country forward at the top level.

Some strong words from the England fans, and Root must be feeling the pressure from those above him in the hierarchy after another abject display, though not helped by the rest of his team.

Can the team - and Root in particular - restore some pride in the second Test starting at Headingley on Friday? Let us know in the comments!

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