The Yorkshire Post – JOE ROOT is challenging his England players to show that their victory at Headingley was no one-off.
- England were unrecognisable from their nine-wicket defeat in the first Test at Lord’s, and Root said: “It’s now about replicating that more consistently.
- England captain, Joe Root“I asked the group to play with pride and passion, and an element of that comes out of criticism,” he said.
- Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, the former Yorkshire player, defended his decision to bat on winning the toss instead of choosing to expose England’s struggling batsmen.
- The all-rounder will sit out the game against Scotland in Edinburgh on June 10 and what the England and Wales Cricket Board have described as “the first part” of the five-match series against Australia from June 13-24.
- Meanwhile, Stuart Broad has defended his right to hit back at criticism from former England captain Michael Vaughan who had suggested in the build-up to the Test that it might be time to drop Broad or his pace partner James Anderson to “ruffle some feathers”.