England’s newly appointed Test captain and batting sensation Joe Root has already begun his job of taking over the side. In one of his first interviews after being appointed as the captain, Root has sought down England’s ultimate ambition as a Test match powerhouse. The Yorkshire batsman has given the prospects of defeating Australia in Australia as the utmost priority and termed it as the ultimate goal for the present England team.
Root, who was named the team’s new Test captain after Alastair Cook stepped down after the tour of India, didn’t have a productive tour of Australia the last time England went Down Under. Back then in 2013/14, Mitchell Johnson alone decimated England with his 37 wickets in the campaign and Australia in the meantime whitewashed England 5-0.
“Beating Australia, that’s the one thing you’d especially want to do,” Root said. “It’s very exciting, the fact we’ve got some strong senior players who’ll be very helpful and some very exciting young players as well, with a middle pack of players ready to take one more step. “There’s a lot of cricket before we go to Australia but that’s been at the back of my mind since I was offered the captaincy.”
Root, however, added that the tour of Australia was still in the future and in the meantime, it was essential for him to keep on scoring runs. This includes a full-fledged home series against South Africa after the Champions Trophy.
“It’s a little bit frustrating, but there’s plenty of cricket get my teeth into in the meantime. “I’ll have plenty of distractions and things to keep me occupied and trying to score as many runs as possible. “You want to just let it happen,” he said.
“You don’t want too many things pre-planned about how you want to play, you’ve got to roll with it a little bit. “There’ll be things we’ll speak about and want to drive toward, but I’ll also work with the guys in the team and see what’s natural for everyone and what comes naturally for me on the field as well.”