England’s Test skipper Joe Root has vowed to deliver, as he is bracing up himself for the Ashes challenge which is scheduled from November 23 in Brisbane, before adding it would be a team with renewed hope to yield the results for England in the series Down Under.
“That first Test match, when I walked out to bat, I think it did hit me quite hard. It was like I walked into a conservatory door, not aware at all that it was there but I will be slightly more aware,” Root was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
The 26-year-old Root stated he is working extremely hard and focusing on his game while preparing for the traditional Test series.
The promising prospect Root added he was ‘caught cold’ by the aggression which was shown by the Australian team in 2013-14 Ashes, as it was his first experience as a 22-year-old back then.
“I won’t be caught cold. I know what to expect from what can be quite a hostile environment. The ability is there, and it is up to them to take that responsibility. I want to take that chance to drive it forward,” Root expressed.
In four Tests against the Kangaroos in 2013-14 Ashes challenge, Root scored 192 at an average of 27.42, which also included his highest score of 87 in the second Test match in Adelaide.
“It’s not always easy to enjoy it, but that (Ashes) tour is a great opportunity for this team,” Root added.
The right-handed batsman Root registered solitary half-century before being dropped for the fifth and the final Ashes Test in Sydney, which England eventually lost by 281 runs and went down five-nil in the series.
“From that I gained a lot of confidence – and that was a really good way, from being in quite a difficult spot, of getting out of it and feeling good again,” Root further added.
The Yorkshire-born was Root was announced as England Test skipper after Alastair Cook relinquished from captaincy following the loss of five-match Test series by 4-0 on Indian soil.
Root said that he had learned a good lesson from the series Down Under and will be further working on his batting for the better results while sticking to the basics.
“I think I’ve done all my learning from that tour already. For large periods of that trip, I was spending so much time and energy working on things that other people said I needed to work on – ‘getting forward, bigger stride, into the ball’,” Root revealed.
Root remarked England have the best bunch in the business and they (players) must take responsibility on their shoulders to deliver for the team as a competitive unit as he would be leading his side from the front.
There’s a massive series against South Africa. If we look too far ahead then we could get caught out against a very good side,” Root concluded.
Since making his debut in 2012, Root has played 53 Tests in which he has amassed 4,594 runs at an average of 52.80. He has smashed 11 centuries and 27 fifties in the longer version of the game.