Joe Root is backing England to recover from last weekend’s opening Test defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s when the series rolls on to, and finishes at, Emerald Headingley tomorrow.

England have their backs against the wall heading into the hugely important second and final Test against a side captain Root believes are one “on the up”.

England’s batting let them down at Lord’s, bowled out for 184 and 242 on the way to a nine-wicket defeat.

“It’s pretty obvious where we need to be better,” said Yorkshire star Root, who returns to his home ground. “The guys all know that.

“We spoke about a few things in the dressing room (after Lord’s), and we have turned up and addressed that in practice.

“I think we have gone about things in the right way leading into this game. It’s now an opportunity, once we cross that white line, to put things right and put in a performance that we can be proud of.

“We know we’re a better side than we showed last week.

“It would be easy to think it’s the end of the world, but if we played at our best and lost as drastically as we did, it would be a real disappointment.

“We know what we need to do. It’s about going out and doing it now.”

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