Root calls for quick reaction

17 July 2017 11:16:32 EST

England captain Joe Root says his side simply have to learn quickly, following a 340-run drubbing by South Africa in the second Test match in Nottingham.

The hosts were bowled out for 133 in their second innings to lose with more than four sessions of the match to play, with Root accepting that he and his colleagues had not adapted their games to the conditions at Trent Bridge.

We weren't good enough with the bat for the whole game.

Joe Root

More worryingly for the hosts, it was their sixth defeat in their last eight Test matches, with England having lost 4-0 in India during the winter, while also being held to a 1-1 drawn series in Bangladesh.

However, Root has refused to panic just yet, with his team having won the opening Test of four against the Proteas by 211 runs at Lord's.

He told Sky Sports: "It's important we stay tight and don't mope. We have to take the positives out of it and come back strong at The Oval.

"South Africa reacted to the conditions better than we did, we have to learn quickly from that and react better. Credit has to go to South Africa, but we have to make sure we don't do this again.

"We weren't good enough with the bat for the whole game. We didn't assess the situation quickly enough and have to learn very quickly."

The third Test of four starts at The Oval a week on Thursday, with England now 1/3 to win the series outright and 9/4 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline, with South Africa 50/1 to emerge as 2-1 victors.

Meanwhile, England head coach Trevor Bayliss has dismissed talk of wholesale changes, especially with the top-order batting line-up failing to fire so far.

He added: "They are the guys we think are the best players for those positions. We will sit down and have a discussion with the selectors, but one thing we can't do is panic."

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