England Test skipper Joe Root has regained newfound confidence to retain the Ashes series after watching their arch-rivals’ TV series ‘The Test’. The docu-series has motivated Root to continue to work despite him being in isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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The 29-year-old Joe Root has not played cricket since returning from Sri Lanka after England’s tour was called off amid fears surrounding the contagious illness. Root though is not one to sit back at home and relax, more so after watching the series based on Australia’s cricket team.
Joe Root talks about the Ashes, and how Australia’s tv series motivated him:
In an interview with The Mirror, the Englishman revealed that he was reluctant to watch ‘The Test’ at first, but he’s begun training harder after watching the Australian team in all their glory.
“I resisted watching it for a good while, But it’s been a good motivator to get back and train, get back on the bike, use it as a way of incentivising myself,” said Root.
The right-handed batsman who has amassed 92 caps for his country in Tests, alongside 146 appearances in ODIs, further spoke how he is already looking forward to The Ashes, in Australia at the end of next year.
Root stated, “The Ashes overseas is a really big time for us as a team and we’ve already started our planning into what the best team will look like. It definitely isn’t too dangerous to look far ahead – the World Cup took four years.”
We need to plan well, the Ashes will be challenging as always: Joe Root
England’s Test skipper Root also spoke about the importance of using the current break from cricket to full potential, to prepare themselves ahead of the 2021-22 season.
“A lot of the things we do in Test cricket revolve around planning for the Ashes series Down Under,” said Root via video link.
“A lot of what we’re doing is about building for that series. We have around 17 to 20 games until we go down there and play, if all are played. We really need to use this time to ready ourselves to do something special down there because we know how challenging it can be,” added the World Cup winner.