We need to be on top of our game to beat India in India, says Joe Root


Captain Joe Root on Monday stated England may have to be on top of their game to beat India in their very own yard despite the fact that a 2-0 sweep of Sri Lanka offers their quest a fillip heading into the big-ticket four-match Test sequence.

Ahead of the sequence beginning February 5 in Chennai, Root has described India as “the best team of the world in their own conditions”.

Root, who led from the entrance with match-winning knocks of 228 and 186 in the primary and second Tests in Sri Lanka respectively, stated they’re eagerly wanting ahead to the sequence in opposition to India.

“We’ve got four very important games against arguably the best team in the world in their own conditions,” Root stated after the second Test in opposition to Sri Lanka.

“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),” he added.

The England squad will be required to serve a quarantine interval upon their arrival in Chennai earlier than hitting the bottom.

Root stated the boldness they’ve from the wins over Sri Lankan will maintain them in good stead in opposition to the mighty Indians.

“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,” he stated.

“But what we have got is a huge amount of confidence coming out of these two games.”

Root noticed that England have made important “progress” in away circumstances after they’d registered their second successive Test sequence whitewash in Sri Lanka.

England had defeated Sri Lanka in all three Tests in 2018.

“Definitely progress. As I mentioned before this game, we have in the past struggled in away conditions,” he stated.

“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.”

England will be with out the providers of Jonny Bairstow in the opening two Tests in India, whereas Jos Buttler will return house after the primary game as half of the staff’s participant administration coverage.

But Root stated England will be boosted by the return of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, who had been rested for the Sri Lanka sequence.

“We always want our best players there as often as possible, because of the world we’re in right now it’s not feasible and we have to manage that the best we can,” he stated.

“But he’s (Buttler) still got an opportunity to affect the series and sure he’ll be desperate to keep up the good form.”


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