England skipper Joe Root is looking forward to the India series with much interest after whitewashing Sri Lanka recently in Galle. This win takes them to 412 points while keeps them fourth on the points table based on percentage. They are on 68.7% just 0.5 percent behind Australia. England will reach India on January 27 and both the Indian team along with England will be put up in the same hotel.
The BCCI has announced a full-strength squad for the upcoming England series starting from February 05. England will tour India between February 5 to March 28 for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs. Chennai will host the first two Tests. The third Test in Ahmedabad will be a day-night Test match between both teams. The final two Tests will be played at the newly built stadium in Ahmedabad. The five T20Is will be played in Pune followed by the three ODIs. in Ahmedabad again to round-up the series.
Meanwhile, Joe Root spoke to the media after beating Sri Lanka in the second Test. He said England are now looking forward to the upcoming series against India having beaten the Lankan nation comprehensively.
We Have To Be At The Top Of Our Game: Joe Root
“We’ve got four very important games against arguably the best team in the world in their own conditions. We’re going to have seven or eight days with no cricket, six days in quarantine and then three very important days of prep ahead of the series. We’ll have to play right at the top of our game to win out there but we couldn’t be in a better place to go and challenge them (India),” Root said after the second Test against Sri Lanka.
England will be without the services of Jonny Bairstow in the opening two Tests in India, while Jos Buttler will return home after the first game as part of the team’s player management policy. Joe Root further said that England are overjoyed to have the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the India series.
He concluded by saying that the Sri Lanka series was a progress that the team has made playing in overseas conditions.
“Definitely progress. As I mentioned before this game, we have in the past struggled in away conditions. For us to be able to turn that round, find ways of consistently taking 20 wickets is really impressive. We have just got to stay hungry and keep looking to get better” Root concluded saying.