Cricket – Root rules out panic reaction

Joe Root has urged England to stick to their guns after suffering a 14-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their second game of the Cricket World Cup. Root, along with Jos Buttler, made a century at Trent Bridge on Monday, but it was not enough to chase down a victory target of 349 - with the tournament hosts having put in an unusually sloppy performance in the field. "The most important thing now for us as a group is not to panic," Root said at the post-match press conference. "One thing this side doesn't do very often is make the same mistake twice and I'm sure the guys will make sure it's a very different performance against Bangladesh. "We've by nowhere near played our best cricket throughout these two games, so with that still to come we feel like we're in a good place." England are now priced at 2/1 with bet365 to win the World Cup and are 4/5 to reach the final.

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