The 29-year-old batsman opened the batting along with Ben Stokes in the second innings at Old Trafford. He failed to put any run on the scoreboard and departed on a duck.
"It must have been quite hard for him. In the first innings, he got himself in a position where he felt good and he was playing some good cricket. Then we lost a couple of wickets at the other end and he had to get on with it. I thought he could easily have got 70-odd not out and he's in a different place, feeling on top of the world with his batting again," Root said.
"In both first innings in this series, he has looked one of our better players in many ways. That's the thing he's got to try to look at. I feel a score is just around the corner for him," he added.
England won the second Test by 113 runs and levelled the three-match series at 1-1. The final game will commence later in the day at Old Trafford.
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