England captain Joe Root has come up with a strategy ahead of the upcoming series against India — to take every test deep and to post big totals by batting for long periods. England is coming off with a great 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka which will boost their confidence a lot against India. The last time England came to India in 2016, India went on to win the 5 match test series 4-0. and they will be looking to better their performance this time around.
Captain Joe Root, is the best player of spin in England’s batting lineup and he will be aware of the threat R Ashwin will be imposing on the touring teams. It is going to be a tough series for England in spite of having all the resources.
England’s spin duo of Dominic Bess and Jack Leach who took a total of 22 wickets in Sri Lanka, will have to come good in India. England will also welcome the services of all-rounder Moeen Ali as Indian batsmen have found it hard to play the offie.
You’ve Got To Be Prepared To Bat For Long periods – Joe Root
Joe Root has explained a strategy to bat for long periods and make it big in the first innings which will allow them to drag the game as long as possible. He wanted to take the tests deep and the batsman to prepare accordingly. Root also mentioned that it is important for the England batsman who is accustomed to playing in seam friendly conditions to stay patient and be clear on the scoring areas.
“You’ve got to be prepared to bat for long periods. When you get in, especially in the first innings, you’ve got to really make it count. That’s what we’ll be aiming to do. Hopefully, we can stay in the game for as long as possible and take every Test deep against a quality side,” Joe Root told The Hindu on Monday
“You’ve got to be patient, especially as an English player when you are used to playing mainly against the seam. You’ve got to be accepting [that] the ball will turn and pass the bat. You’re allowed to get it wrong on occasions, but you’ve got to stay calm and be quite clear about where you’re going to score runs” added Joe Root.
Root Happy To Be Back At Chennai
9 years ago, Joe Root made his test debut in the final game at Nagpur and he acknowledges the special moment to play his 100th test back in India. Joe Root joint top-scored in England’s first innings that day, playing a gritty 73 off 229 balls. He then remained unbeaten on a 56-ball 20 in the second innings which was the start of the great journey for him.
“It’s great to come full circle and be back here. The way it started on that first tour in 2012, it was a real eye-opener for me, learning to play spin, playing with some great players and strong opposition. To come back to Chennai and play my 100th Test is very special. I can’t wait,” Joe Root exclaimed.
Virat Kohli will be leading India in the four tests against England after returning to the squad from his paternal leave.