ENG VS SA: Joe Root, the English batsman, acknowledged that several events occurring simultaneously were to blame for England’s recent decline in white-ball cricket. The right-handed batter has supported the team’s efforts to make things right, though. In their ongoing home summer, England has won just two of their seven games in limited overs. Want to bet on cricket on the move? Discover India’s best-betting sites here on our site.

Jos Buttler, who took over as captain from Eoin Morgan, has had a sluggish start. Since being named captain, the keeper-batter has also experienced a slump with the bat. The Englishmen lost the ODI and T20I series against India by 2-1.

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ENG VS SA: “I’m Very Confident”, Joe Root

ENG VS SA: "It’s Like The Perfect Storm Of Everything Coming Together", Joe Root
ENG VS SA: “It’s Like The Perfect Storm Of Everything Coming Together”, Joe Root

They are behind one game in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. Root believes a “perfect storm” of events is to blame for their dismal limited-overs cricket performance. Injuries and a lack of runs from older players were other reasons for their spate of defeats.

The crew has succeeded in the past, so the 31-year-old is confident in their ability to deliver this time.

“It’s like the perfect storm of everything coming together. And when it doesn’t go well, you must stay strong, stick to how you want to approach things as a group, and fully believe it and back it. We’ve shown that we can do that before, and I’m very confident we’ll be doing that again shortly. There’s still a lot of players that aren’t available for selection at the minute through injury. And in the last series, you didn’t have big senior players step up with performances, like me.”

The Yorkshire batter said, as quoted by The Guardian

Joe Root’s Recent Form

In England’s ODI series loss to India, the former Test captain had two ducks in three innings against India. He did, however, regain his form and top-scored with 86 as the hosts fell to South Africa by 62 runs in the opening ODI at Chester-Le-Street. Root also predicted that Buttler would improve as a captain over time, claiming that the results don’t accurately reflect the situation.

“I know Jos has a great cricket mind; he understands this game brilliantly. He’s going to be a great captain. I don’t think these results are a fair reflection of how he’s doing his business as a leader. Sometimes it does take time for things to bed in.”

Said Root

If England loses the second One-Day International to the Proteas, Buttler will have lost three straight limited-overs series. The second ODI will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday, July 22.

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