England Test skipper Joe Root seems confident of getting his elusive Test hundred in Australia in the upcoming Boxing Day Test match at MCG.
Root has been in the form of his life having already scored 1630 runs this year from 27 innings at an average of 62.69.
However, the one thing that eludes the England Test skipper is a hundred in Down Under even after batting there for 21 innings.
I feel confident I can: Joe Root on scoring his maiden Test hundred in Australia
Root has smashed eight half-centuries since his first visit to Australia during the 2013-14 Ashes Tests. Even in the first two Tests, his scores so far read 0,89,62 & 24.
But the England captain is pretty sure about ending his century drought in Australia with his brilliant form and is not bothered about his conversion rate.
“I feel in a really good place with my batting. I feel confident I can, in these next three games, bang out a hundred in these conditions,” Root was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I know that’s a brave thing to say but my conversion rate this year, it’s not been an issue at all.
“I have an understanding of how I want to score my runs. There’s clarity there, I just need to keep putting myself in those positions, just have the bit between my teeth,” he further added.
We’ll put them Australia in an uncomfortable position: Joe Root
England lost the Adelaide Test by 275 runs despite wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler’s dogged resistance on Day 5, which delayed Australia’s victory. The visitors are trailing 0-2 and have been put in the daunting task of winning the remaining three games to win the urn.
Root said that his group is motivated for the MCG Test and has the calibre to win it and bridge the gap.
“There is plenty of motivation for the group and we are doing everything we can to make sure it is 2-1 by the time we leave here,” Root said.
“If we perform anywhere like we can do, we’ll put them (Australia) in an uncomfortable position, we’ll push back and we’ll find ourselves in a very different situation leaving this ground,” he added.
England will play against Australia in the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG), starting on December 26.