England skipper Joe Root seems ready for the last two Test matches. He led England to a series-levelling win at Headingley after losing the Lord’s Test. The win has given his side the advantage heading into the fourth Test at The Oval which starts next Thursday. He is on 507 runs in the series so far and is not done yet.
Meanwhile, in the pre-match presser, Joe Root spoke about his team’s preparations and on the opposition skipper Virat Kohli and how to keep him quiet.
“The credit needs to go to our bowling attack, Virat is a world-class player hence the credit needs to be given to the bowling group. We have been able to keep him quiet, it is an extremely good effort from our bowling group and it is something we have to continue if we have to win this series. We have found ways to get him out, he is a fine player and has done tremendous things in Test cricket, we will have to look at ways to get the best players out,” said Joe Root during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the England skipper expects India to bounce back at The Oval. India lost the Headingley Test inside four days when their batting order collapsed in both innings.
Expect India To Comeback: Joe Root
“Absolutely, world-class side like India led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a response. We would be naive to think otherwise, it is important that we do not get to deluded. We have gotten to the level playing field, we have to work harder now. If we find ourselves ahead of the game at any stage, we have to consolidate,” Joe Root said.
Looking back on the set template of Leeds Test win, Root said that as a side they would like to replicate it. He further said that the Headingley performance was their best and flawless performance so far in the series.
“I think it was a brilliant performance, nice template for us to work with really. The challenge is to replicate it and go one better. From a bowling perspective, I think we were flawless, we hit the right lengths early on and we managed to do it for long periods of time. With bat in hand, Headingley was our best outing till now and hopefully, we can go on,” concluded Root.