English skipper Joe Root wants his team to gain confidence from the Headingley win and continue to dominate the India trial for the rest of the series. Root-led England crushed India by one innings and 76 runs in the third Test at Headingley last week.
The 30-year-old batsman is at his best after scoring for three centuries in the last three games. He carried the English roster until his pals showed up to support him in the third game. After equalizing the series, Root hopes his team can be “ruthless” in the last two games.
“Now the hard work begins. We have to try to go further, dig deeper, and really start walking down the aisles. From a world class team like India, led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a reaction. “
“It would be naive to think differently. We have just got ourselves back on track and if at any point we find ourselves before the game we have to get ruthless again,“Root was quoted as saying to reporters on Tuesday.
“Trying to manage workloads alongside performance is difficult” – Joe Root
The English team went to great lengths to manage the players’ workload – their rotation policy is a prime example of this. The 39 year old James Anderson and Ollie Robinson together threw around 230 overs in the three tests they played and this could affect their fitness.
With England already missing A-Team players with Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes, it is not easy to switch bowlers either. However, Root has been careful about making sure his players don’t get injured as they have an Ashes streak later that year.
“Trying to manage workloads alongside performance is always difficult in the current climate where the game is getting fat.”
“You win like last week and there is continuity of confidence trying to repeat a similar feat but you try to make up for that and make sure you don’t blow up and hurt anyone.”Root added.
Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have been added to the roster for the fourth Test, so management will have players to choose from for the Oval Test.
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