Joe Root urges England supporters to keep faith with the players

• England lost the first Test to Pakistan by nine wickets at Lord’s
• ‘We know we’re underperforming. It’s very difficult to take’

Joe Root urged England supporters to “keep the faith” with his ailing Test side after conceding that Pakistan outplayed them in all facets of the game during the crushing nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s.

It was the first time in 23 years that England have lost the opening Test of a home summer – this previously occurred against West Indies in 1995 – and follows a horror winter during which England surrendered the Ashes 4-0 in Australia and endured a 1-0 series defeat in New Zealand.

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