England Test captain Joe Root confessed to not being able to deliver during the recent Ashes series down under. Root claims that his sole focus is on the upcoming New Zealand series and the past doesn’t haunt him.
In the 5-match Test Series, England lost to the Australians by a margin of 4-0. As a result, the Three Lions had to hand over the urn to the Australians.
Root was guilty of not converting his half-centuries into substantial scores right throughout the series. The Yorkshireman registered five half-centuries without reaching the 3-figure mark on even one occasion in the high-octane fixtures.
“As a captain and senior player you have to stand up and deliver and I wasn’t able to do that. That’s not sitting well with me right now and coming into a new series in New Zealand, you want to make sure you bounce back from that and set the example for the rest of the guys,” claimed Joe Root according to Sky Sports.
However, Root intends to look at the glass half full as he cited out the positives from the four-nil drubbing. Root named Craig Overton and Dawid Malan as positives from the tour.
“I think there are some good things that have come out of this tour. I think we’ve got great depth and a lot of talent on the current side. It was an opportunity for those guys to stand up and try to make their case in an England shirt,” added Root.
On Malan and Overton
Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were the only Englishmen to reach the three-figure mark. The likes of Stoneman and Overton also displayed promise during the first half of the coveted Test series.
“Craig Overton came into the side and what a start he had to his international career. His first wicket was Steve Smith and he probably looked our best bowler until he went down [injured] in Perth,” said the 27-year-old.
Furthermore, Malan also translated his form in the whites into the recently concluded Trans-Tasman Tri-Series. The southpaw notched up the fifties successively in the absence of Root at number 3.
“Dawid Malan as well – he played fantastically well. Mark Stoneman, for the first three Test matches, showed promise of a really good international opening batsman,” concluded Joe Root.