England Test captain Joe Root is under pressure after his team’s recent dismal performances. However, the experienced English pacer James Anderson has defended the Test captain Joe Root.
The 28-year-old star English cricketer Joe Root is struggling both as a batsman and as a captain. He is currently inconsistent with the bat in Test cricket. Meanwhile, England’s recent Test performances are very poor.
In this year, England have hugely disappointed in Test cricket. They lost the three-match Test series against the host side Windies in last January-February (lost by 2-1). It was a very surprising result for them as the Caribbean side mostly dominated in that series.
In the only home Test against Ireland in last July, England had terrible experiences. However, they finally managed to secure a comfortable victory in that game.
The situation is not good for England in the ongoing home Ashes 2019. It is going to be the first time from 2005 when England will not win the home Ashes series. After the fourth Test of Ashes 2019, England are trailing by 2-1 and the defending titleholders Australia will surely return to the home with this title. Now, England can only save them from losing the Ashes 2019 by winning the fifth and last Test at The Oval, starting from 12th September.
He’s definitely the man to take us forward – James Anderson about the English Test captain Joe Root
The national selectors have put the faith in the English Test captain Root for the last Test of Ashes 2019. James Anderson is also defending the present English Test captain.
Anderson told the Press Association, “He’s definitely the man to take us forward. Absolutely, he’s got a lot to give.
“He has done some great work. But the team has been developing over the last few years and going into a big series like this you want a settled team that’s fit and firing. I feel for Joe as he’s not quite had that. It’s been difficult.”
James Anderson is battling against the injuries. He played in the first Test of Ashes 2019 but suffered the calf injury at the early stage of that game. Apart from bowling four overs in the first innings, Anderson was unavailable for the bowling in that entire game.
Everyone was hoping to get him at the later stage of Ashes 2019. However, in the end, he has been ruled out from this series.
Anderson is hopeful to be fit during their upcoming winter tour of New Zealand or South Africa. In New Zealand tour, England will play five-match T20I series and two-match Test series. Meanwhile, in the South Africa tour, England will play four-match Test series, three-match ODI and T20I series.
New Zealand-England Test series will run between 21st November and 3rd December 2019. Later, the South Africa-England Test series will run from 26th December 2019 to 28th January 2020.