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Keep the faith says skip Root.

JOE ROOT admits his England team is continuing to under-perform but has urged supporters to "keep the faith" nonetheless.

Under Root's captaincy, England took their alarming losing sequence to six defeats in eight Tests as they succumbed limply by nine wickets to Pakistan in the first match of the home summer.

The Yorkshireman was not hiding away from evident problems after England were dispatched early on day four at Lord's - where they were bowled out for 184 after he chose to bat and then could set Pakistan only 64 to win after mustering 242 at their second attempt.

"We know we're under-performing ... we've not performed to anywhere we need to," said Root, whose hosts must win at Headingley in the second NatWest Test to avoid series defeat.

"Keep the faith, keep trusting, keep believing. We've got to just find a way. We've been outplayed across all three departments."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:May 28, 2018
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