Joe Root had a memorable Ashes as he put the Aussie bowlers in a turmoil with his audacious strokeplay. Root, who has been the spine of the England batting since the last couple of years is eager to play against Pakistan in UAE. Root also is excited by the prospect of facing the Pakistani spinners in the Gulf. In so many ways, England’s chances against Pakistan will depend upon the performance of Root.
“As a team, to beat Pakistan here it’s going to be a big effort but we’ve proven over the last six months that we’re capable of doing things that maybe looked a bit too much for us,” said Root. “We’re very confident going into this series and looking for some really good results,” Root added, signaling the confidence he enjoyed at the moment.
“The volume of spin we might face, we might also face more left-arm seam than we’re used to, so we have to make sure we cover all those bases at practice,” Root said. Root also said that the hot conditions would pose a massive challenge for England. “Again the heat and not expecting to score at the rate we’d like to or have become accustomed to over the last six months, they are all little factors. I want to make some big contributions in this series and I am going to have to play extremely well to do that,” he said.
The middle order batsman also said that touring with the England Lions side made him a better batsman. “I was lucky enough to spend a few Lions tours out in India and then out in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which helped develop my game,” Root said. “But, I’ve not faced Yasir Shah yet, but it’s more making sure you’ve got your mind right and you have clear scoring options, solid defence and technique, and you cover all the bases to give yourself the best chance,” he said.