Joe Root was a pleased English skipper on Tuesday as his side ended the Test summer on a positive note with a series victory over Pakistan. Joe Root’s England backed the performances put against the West Indies, coming back from being 0-1 down in a three-match rubber to record a series triumph. With the side continuing their upsurge, Root has his sights on reaching to the summit. England ended 2019 with zero Test series victory under their belt.
On the contrary, the Three Lions have surged to three in this year, beginning from the one in South Africa. The likes of youngsters in Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope while the veterans in James Anderson, Ben Stokes, and Stuart Broad have hit the straps at crucial junctures to catapult their outfit to resounding victories. Credit also goes to Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler, who have done what was asked of them.
Joe Root feels excited about the positivity oozing in the dressing room and the willingness of even senior players to keep getting better and better. The Yorkshire batsman reckons that it is that thing, which keeps them on the right track to clinch the number one spot. He backs the mix of players in their repertoire to help England reach the number one spot. England are at 4th spot at current, behind Australia, India, and New Zealand.
“The thing I’m excited about is the environment we have in the dressing room. The attitude of the guys about how they want to keep improving and learning about the game, even the senior players. I think that is what gives a great opportunity to get to that number one spot down the line,” Root stated as quoted by India Today.
To have won both series is a great achievement for the group: Joe Root
The right-handed batsman added that the youngsters have continued to go up a level and show their worth. On the other hand, the seniors have not failed to give performances, proving that they are as much an integral part of the squad.
Joe Root hailed his side for recording victories in both the series during the summer. The 29-year old would surely want to get back amongst the runs after managing only one fifty this summer.
“To have won both series is a great achievement for the group. Young guys have continued to keep improving and show their worth within the squad, while we have also seen some special individual performances from senior players, who showed they can keep driving this team forward,” the 29-year old added.