England Test captain Joe Root has not lost a Test in the last eight matches that he captained in. With England at fourth position in the ICC Test rankings, there is still a long way to go for them to reach the summit. And it could all start with England’s sub-continent voyage, beginning in January. Joe Root has his one eye on next year’s visit to India and the Ashes later that year.
England will head to Sri Lanka in January to partake in the two Tests, which stood cancelled in March this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak before an all-format series in India. While the Englishmen lost comprehensively in India in 2016, they were also the last team to beat them at home. It was in 2012 when England scripted their first Test series victory in India in more than 20 years, defeating them by 2-1 in a four-match rubber. The upcoming tour will comprise of four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is.
Joe Root, who is currently in South Africa for a limited-overs series underlined that the build-up to the Ashes starts a year out and is excited to lead the side once again. The Yorkshire cricketer believes that they are in an excellent spot at present and want to remain the same during the first Test in the Ashes 2021 in Australia.
“The build-up (to the Ashes) starts really a year out. I know it’s going to be a huge series for the team and probably for me as a captain. I’m just really excited. I know we’re in a really good place currently. Can we make sure that we are in that same place in a year’s time walking out for that first Test match?,” Joe Root told Sky Sports.
Every team finds it a huge challenge to win in India: Joe Root
Root recalled their last tour of Sri Lanka in 2018, when they beat the hosts in Tests by 3-0, highlighting that the players will derive tremendous confidence and walking there with great memories. As for the challenge in India, the 29-year old sees it as a massive challenge; however, it would give them a true picture where they stand.
“We had great experiences and results last time out in Sri Lanka and that will give a number of players a huge amount of confidence going back there with some great memories. As for the Indian challenge, Root said, “Every team finds it a huge challenge to win in India. I think that’s a really good test for where we are at as a team,” the right-handed batsman added.