England captain Joe Root has backed Rory Burns and Jack Leach to give up their horror shows in the opening defeat of the series in Brisbane as tourists seek to win the second Test of the Day and Night at the Adelaide Oval.
Burns was bowled on the first ball of the series, dropped an easy catch that allowed David Warner to score 94, and failed to bat again in the second innings of England’s nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia.
“Rory is a very strong character, you can’t doubt that aspect of his game,” Root told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday, two days before the start of the Pink Ball Test.
He will come back and ask for an answer and put some big score on the board.
Leach gave up about eight runs in 1-102 per over when the Australian batsmen knocked the spinner out of the attack.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson were rested in Brisbane and both pacemen are expected to return to Adelaide, but Root did not rule out Leach retaining his place on the team.
“I’m sure they would like to respond and they would like to come back to the series and make an impact,” said the England captain.
“Some of the foundations for which we are moving beyond this point have much more to offer, including spin.”
In the 2017/18 Ashes series, England lost the Pink Ball Test 4-0 in Adelaide and will face an opponent who has never lost a Test under the lights.
Root said his batsmen should feel more comfortable against the swinging pink ball after struggling with a bounce in Gabba, where they were bowled out for 147 in the first innings and eight in one session in the second. The wickets were lost.
One thing, as we talked about the pink ball, is that it can swing a little more and sew a little more, which we should get used to and we should know how to handle it.” The red ball on England’s home pitches.
“While in England you don’t have to manage the bounce as you often do in Brisbane.
“So when there are stages in the game that come into it (swing and seam), we have to be prepared for it.”