Joe Root is confident that the current England squad has the capability of winning the Champions Trophy glory on home soil later this year.
The 26-year-old, who was appointed as the England’s Test skipper, will be one of the most important cogs in England line-up.
In recent times, England has undergone a sort of ODI renaissance. The past few years have seen them develop into an out and out explosive limited overs unit that has looked very tough to defeat in home conditions, at least.
This newly gained reputation now places the side, who were the runners-up in the previous edition in 2013, as a strong contender to win the title. The confidence was visible in Root’s words when he was speaking about England’s chances in a recent interview.
“Absolutely. We have been playing some great cricket over the last couple of years and we keep progressing all the time. We are by no means the finished article and we are very ambitious, very hungry, said Root speaking with Sky Sports News HQ. He was in his old school in Sheffield.
“We feel we have now got to a place where we feel we can compete consistently against the best sides in the world.
“It is probably one of the strongest sides I have been involved in. It has got great depth in all departments and that is really exciting.
“We have got some really important games coming up and we need to make sure we keep looking to drive home wins and keep building confidence that way.”
England announced its squad for the multi-nation tournament recently. One important inclusion in the 15-man squad was Mark Wood. The right-handed Durham fast bowler was out of action due to an ankle injury and missed the tour of India.
Root was excited with his comeback and felt that the experienced fast bowler bring a lot of firepower to the attack that also featured specialists like David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball.
Wood is back in the squad, having returned to fitness after an ankle operation, and Root thinks the Durham seamer adds an important ingredient to the bowling attack.
“The thing you get with Woody is raw pace,” said Root.”He is obviously very talented, you have seen over the last couple of years what he is capable of. He has the ability to go through sides in the middle overs when it can be very difficult to take wickets.”
“It is really exciting to see him back playing and hopefully he can be really successful in the coming months.”
Root only managed to score 10 runs in two innings for Yorkshire in their County Championship match over the weekend but says he is not concerned about his own form.
“It was one game,” he said. “It was quite frustrating but that is cricket. I am pretty happy with where my game is at the moment. Before the Test stuff starts we have some really important white ball stuff and over the next few games we need to get Yorkshire’s campaign off to a great start in the 50-over competition.”