Graham Thorpe urges England batsmen to show their ‘desperation’

England’s faltering batsmen have been told to show their “desperation” to stay in the side by assistant coach Graham Thorpe.

The Test team are mulling over a first home series defeat in seven years after collapsing against New Zealand at Edgbaston and it is not hard to see where the problems lie.

The top order has been worryingly short of form across eight Tests in 2021, with captain Joe Root out on his own in terms of runs scored.

The bare numbers are eye-catching and damning. Root’s tally of 891 puts him a massive 562 ahead of his nearest rival Dan Lawrence and – while he has two d...

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