"I'm fed up talking about stuff that's not cricket," Root told travelling English media earlier in the day. "We have to make sure we perform well this week and win. Get people talking about the cricket. "This is a very professional group of players that goes about things in the right way. But we've had two incidents that have been blown up and made a big deal of. They could have been avoided. "That's the annoying thing, as you know, but a lot of people back home probably don't, the stories are not a fair reflection of this team. But a lot of the stuff that’s being spouted is giving ammunition."
England captain Joe Root has admitted some of his players “have made silly mistakes” off the pitch but urged them to put things right on it ahead of the crucial #Ashes Test in Perth. https://t.co/loje44dFwk pic.twitter.com/4Q96B052xp— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 13, 2017
He said it was frustrating and the team had to be "smarter". Root, who has only been captain for nine Tests, added that he knew it would be a challenging role and there would be issues outside cricket, "but not to this extent". "You have to take it in your stride and learn from it - I've learned a lot," he said. "I want to be concentrating on making sure we get things right on the field. That's my job as captain. I'm trying to develop a team that over a long period can achieve success and do special things. "One of this group's big strengths is we do look after each other. The lads have done some stupid stuff but we care about each other. We're in it together and we are only going to get back into this series if we stick together."
“If guys keep making silly mistakes there’s got to be consequences. I’m obviously a little bit disappointed in the way things have turned out, but there’s no point dwelling on it.”@root66 gives his response to those off-field headlines.#Ashes pic.twitter.com/yvRlH1cuPZ— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 13, 2017