Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Further Worries for Root Ahead of Test

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Further Worries for Root Ahead of Test

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JOE Root insists he cannot afford to start feeling sorry for himself - even as England's worries deepen before the second Test against Pakistan, which starts at Headingley today.

Root must navigate further uncertainty over the availability of Ben Stokes, who faces a late fitness test after scans on his sore hamstring, as England seek to avoid a third successive series defeat.

Root has given his full support to coach Trevor Bayliss to arrest a worrying slide.

If Stokes is unfit, Sam Curran may make his debut.

Either way, Root could perhaps be forgiven for ruing his luck, but he is not about to do that.

"There is no place for 'poor me's' in international sport," said the Yorkshireman, whose team have lost six of their last eight matches - including a 4-0 Ashes trouncing.

"Sometimes you're a little low on confidence after a difficult winter - you've got to get over that. …

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