Test captain Joe Root has downplayed the conjectures that England will be dishing out green mambas during the return series in August amid raging criticism of India dishing out spin-friendly tracks to the ‘Three Lions”
The nature of the tracks dished out in the ongoing Test series has become a huge topic of discussion, especially after the third Test that saw Team India wrap up the proceedings within just two days as 28 wickets out of 30 fell to spin at the Narendra Modi Stadium in just over five sessions of play.
With India making use of their home advantage, there is a general feeling that England might do the same when Virat Kohli’s men travel to the United Kingdom for a return series later this year.
However, Joe Root has shrugged off all those conjectures as he stated in the post-match presser that England will be preparing ‘good surfaces’ for the five-match series and back their seamers to still come good with the Dukes ball.
Root said that their main focus in the upcoming summer is to prepare good cricket wickets which allows their batsmen to score big runs and accumulate big totals and then back their seamers to do the job for them.
“We are going to prepare really good wickets (when India tour England). If we want to develop as a team and compete everywhere we go in the world, we will have to get used to scoring big runs consistently. We have to get used to bowling on good surfaces and finding ways to take 20 wickets. I think that’s how you build a good team.” Joe Root said.
“When you are in England the weather there can sometimes dictate things as well. You still have to bat as long as you can. Every now and then you are going to get surfaces that do a little bit more than you would like. The one thing that we set out to do going in this summer is to put out really good wickets and I feel like our seamers, with the Dukes ball, would always find ways to take wickets,” added Root.
India will travel to England for a five-match series in August, with the first Test scheduled to take place at Trent Bridge from August 04.