ENG vs WI 2017, 3rd Test: If we Perform at our Best, We can do Something Really Special in Australia – Joe Root
Two heavy defeats were sandwiched between some impressive wins in his first summer as England’s Test captain, but Joe Root would not mind much, as his impressive start to the captaincy career extended with an impressive series-clinching win over Windies in the third Test at the Lord’s.
After milestone man James Anderson’s sensational spell of seven for 42 helped the hosts to bundle the tourists out for just 177, Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley chased down the modest 107-run target with utmost ease. The 2-1 win over Windies was preceded by the impressive 3-1 win over South Africa, which was England’s first series win at home against the Proteas since 1998, and Root could not have asked for much in his first summer as a captain.
Speaking after the match, he expressed his delight over his team’s performance before lauding his teammates’ resilience for the way they bounced back after a couple of heavy defeats.
“It’s been great,” he said. “We’ve played some really good stuff this summer. Two difficult weeks [during the two defeats] but what’s most pleasing is the resilience and the character that we showed to come back from both of those with two extremely strong performances. The manner we won after that is great to see ahead of what is going to be a very challenging winter.”
Root has kick started his captaincy career with two great series win, but the England star is under no illusion about the enormity of the task that lies ahead. It will start with the challenging tour of Australia for the all-important Ashes. But at the same time, Root insisted that his team can come up with something special if it performs at its best.
“There’s plenty of challenges that lie ahead, but it gives us a great opportunity,” Root said. “As a side, we’ve done some good stuff this summer where we shouldn’t be afraid of going over there and if we perform at our best doing something really special. We’ve got all the attributes that could go down there and put some strong performances in.”
Root further heaped praise on England’s pace spearhead who took his 500th Test wicket in the second innings and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.
“He said at the start of the summer that he’s desperate to carry on and play as much as he can for England,” said Root. “He’s one of the most skilful bowlers I’ve ever played with. He’s relentless pressure for the batters.
“500 wickets doesn’t happen very often, but this summer has been unreal for him. If he’s bowling like that, you want him to play as much as you can. Broady’s bowled some really good stuff this year and not had a lot of luck. Between them, the pressure they create is fantastic. What a partnership to have going to Australia,” he added.
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