Joe Root analyses key areas England need to improve in after disastrous series

"It's pretty obvious really that we need to be putting some more runs on the board as a batting group. Too often we've not given our bowlers enough to work with."

Joe Root has said England's batters need to give their bowlers more support after their most recent defeat.

Root's England yet again failed with the bat to lose the final Ashes series by 148 runs. For the second successive time Down Under - under Root's captaincy - England have lost to Australia 4-0.

Jonny Bairstow was the only batter to score a century for England in the series - something Root admitted was simply not good enough.

He added: "It's pretty obvious really that we need to be putting some more runs on the board as a batting group. Too often we've not given our bowlers enough to work with.

"In all areas in general I do think we've been outplayed and credit to Australia for that, they've deserved to win this series.

"Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and respect the fact that a team has outplayed you.

"A massive thank you for having us here on this tour. I know the circumstances have been trying at times, but we really appreciate the opportunity to come and tour here.

"It's a huge occasion, a huge series and we're very grateful for the hospitality. Credit to Australia. Congratulations to Pat [Cummins] and your team, well done on this win."

Crucial to learn and improve

Root said England had been second best throughout the series and it was crucial his players learned from their experience.

"It's been frustrating throughout, it's been a really tough tour for us," the England skipper told BT Sport. "We've played good cricket in parts, we've just not managed to string a whole game together.

"It's something we have to learn from as a group. We have to keep moving and get better and learn from these experiences, not go away from here and keep making the same mistakes.

"That's the challenge for the group moving forward. It won't be long before we're back playing Test cricket again, so there will be opportunities to turn that round."

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