England's Batter Joe Root Expresses His Desire To Defend Title In Much-Awaited ODI World Cup 2023 In India

Updated - 20 Sep 2023, 01:26 PM

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Veteran England batter Joe Root expressed his hope to defend their title in the upcoming much-awaited ODI World Cup 2023 in India. Joe Root fondly recalled the memories of the Super Over against New Zealand during the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s in London.

Following their humiliating exit in the 2015 World Cup, England adopted an aggressive style of play under the leadership of Eoin Morgan. The Three Lions beat New Zealand in the final game of the tournament, securing their first ICC title in the 50-over format.

Really Looking Forward To – Joe Root

Speaking to the ICC, Joe Root emphasized the need for adaptability and consistency to excel in the upcoming 10-team tournament.

“Having the experience of 2019 and how good that was and how much that meant to the group and for them to go out and get the opportunity to defend it is something we are relishing and really looking forward to,” Root was quoted as saying by ICC.

“We are going to have to play some really good cricket, we are going to have to adapt to different conditions and have that consistency that you need so we will see how we go,” he added.

Joe Root had a forgettable outing against New Zealand in the recently concluded four-match ODI series, amassing 39 runs at an average of 9.75 and a strike rate of 60.94. The right-handed batter has scored 137 runs with an average of 15.22 in ODIs since 2022.

Very Exciting To Play In A World Cup – Joe Root

Joe Root expressed his excitement about participating in a World Cup event, highlighting his desire to deliver for his country in the semi-final and final games where performance matters the most.

“It is very exciting to play in a World Cup event is something that you always look forward to as a player,” Root further added.

“Big tournaments and big moments is where you want to go out and perform and impress and deliver for your country. You have to get to those last two games – the semi-final and the final – and it is about turning up and putting in the performance when it really counts.”

The Jos Buttler-led team will start their World Cup campaign by taking the Black Caps to the world’s largest stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Thursday, October 5.

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