Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Root Pragmatic about Slow Pace; England Shrug off Criticism

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Root Pragmatic about Slow Pace; England Shrug off Criticism

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Byline: Mark Bryans

ENGLAND batsman Joe Root made no apologies for his side's slow progress on day three of the fifth Investec Ashes Test.

England stifled Australian ambition with a dour but effective batting performance on the third day of the fifth Investec Ashes Test.

With the series already won thanks to a 3-0 lead and Australia posting 492 in their first innings, the best realistic result available to England was the draw and they set about attaining it in functional fashion.

They reached stumps on 247 for four having eked out 215 runs in 98.3 overs, with each of the six batsmen who took to the crease getting started but none posting a significant score.

Root's 68 was the best of the bunch, but the in-form Ian Bell closed on 29 not out and will fancy adding to his productive series if the weather holds off today.

While England's tactics may not have had the Kia Oval crowd in rapt attention, the motivation behind them - to send the tourists home winless ahead of this winter's return series - bore closer scrutiny.

Australia have not won any of their last eight Tests and extending that to nine would land a psychological blow to a proud cricketing nation.

Root believes England managed the circumstances to the best of their ability.

"Obviously there's some sort of responsibility (to entertain) or no one would come and watch, but it can't happen every game," said Root.

"With the way they bowled at us and the condition of the pitch it's not been viable to score at a quick rate today.

"We have to get the best possible outcome for England.

"People come and watch cricket for a number of reasons, but (the excitement level) is something we can't always control.

We need to play the situation. Fair credit to Australia, they bowled pretty well and made it hard for us to score fluently. …

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