Joe Root off late has been a pillar of massive strength for England. It was his heroics with the bat in the Ashes earlier this year, which helped England, regain the urn. Root also had a decent outing against Pakistan in UAE and was among the runs. Going into the all important series against South Africa, it will be fair to say that he is England’s best bet with the bat.

“It should be a really entertaining spectacle, with their attack and our attack as well, in those conditions – I’m looking forward to getting out there and being a part of it,” Root told to ESPN Cricinfo. “Absolutely, yeah .(Winning against South Africa) I think it’s going to be a really close series, and a really interesting battle with the two seam attacks. The way that Stuart and Jimmy lead our attack, with some very exciting guys below them as well, it could be an interesting battle against the No. 1 side in the world




When asked about Alastair Cook, Root said, “He’s been developing as a captain since he took on the role, it’s something that you can never really practice until you actually do it and I thought the way he approached this Ashes, both on and off the field – obviously the way he trains and the example he sets as a player and batsman have always been exemplary, but as a leader and his tactical nous over the last 12 months has been remarkable. He’s always learning all the time and he’s always willing to learn, which is exactly what you want from a leader.”

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