England v India: Joe Root expects hosts to fight back in series

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Joe Root has not scored a Test century for more than a yearEngland captain Joe Root says his side are still charge of the series against India despite their third-Test defeat.India's 203-run win at Trent Bridge cut England's lead to 2-1 in the five-match series, with the fourth Test in Southampton beginning on 30 August. "We're in the driving seat as far as the series goes - we have to remember that," said Root.
"I'm expecting the guys to go to Southampton and hopefully take the opportunity to wrap up the series." England's defeat in Nottingham was as a result of a horrible batting collapse in their first innings, where they lost all 10 wickets in a session to be bowled out for 161. Root added: "We have got a little bit of time to reflect on what has been a difficult week, but in England we are a very good side at bouncing back from a tough couple of days. "One thing you can never question about this group of players is their character and the way they can respond to a difficult period."
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Batting collapses have blighted England's Test cricket in recent years - this latest slump was the third time since 2016 that they have lost all 10 wickets in a session. In all, they have lost their fourth wicket for less than 100 runs in half of their past 62 Test innings. "We sat down and spoke honestly about how we're going to get this right," said Root. "It has happened on a couple of occasions and obviously isn't good enough. "For the players that we've got, it is well below what we are capable of doing." Root also gave his "100%" backing to former captain Alastair Cook, who is England's all-time record run-scorer in Tests, but averages only 19.21 with the bat in 2018. "He is a world-class performer," said Root, 27. "I want the media to write him off because every time they do he comes back and scores a double hundred. "There is no-one currently playing Test cricket with more experience than him. I'm sure he'll be calling upon all of that to give himself the best chance in Southampton."
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