Root, Vaughan make up after scathing criticism

Joe Root and Michael Vaughan have patched things up after the latter’s scathing criticism of England.

JOE Root has spoken to Michael Vaughan and accepts the reasons for his stinging criticism of England in their Trent Bridge defeat.

Root was taken aback initially last week when Vaughan accused his England team of failing to “respect” Test cricket en route to a 340-run trouncing which levelled the series against South Africa at 1-1 with two to play.

As Root prepared for the third match of four, and The Oval’s 100th Test, he spoke in conciliatory tones about his fellow Sheffield Collegiate graduate — and former England captain — needing to do his job as a pundit these days.

Root admits he did take the criticism from his friend personally at the time. But as he seeks to put things right on the pitch, still in just his third Test as captain and with up to three debutants in tow, he has come to understand Vaughan’s broadcast musings.

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