After being slammed for his facet’s sluggish batting strategy in opposition to New Zealand, England skipper Joe Root has stated that the hosts made the best choice to go for a draw.
On the ultimate day of the primary Take a look at at Lord’s, Root and Co determined to play it protected as a substitute of chasing 273 odd runs in 75 overs. Dom Sibley dropped anchor, scoring an unbeaten 60 from 207 deliveries as they battled for a draw as a substitute of taking any threat.
Root, nevertheless, assured followers of aggressive cricket as he would not need England to be considered as a facet that performs ‘boring’ model of cricket.
“I’ve had a while to consider that. I take a look at the state of affairs we discovered ourselves in and I nonetheless really feel we made the best choice. We now have turned up right here with a possibility to win the collection. It isn’t a part of the Take a look at championship however it’s a Take a look at match and which means a hell of lots to the gamers and the group,” Root instructed ESPNcricinfo.
“We’re very eager to place in 5 days of sturdy cricket this week and win the collection. If the alternatives come up, we will certainly look to be aggressive. I don’t need us to be thought of a unfavorable crew who play a boring model of cricket.”
“We now have some very thrilling gamers who’re able to some great passages of cricket, and hopefully, that can come to mild this week,” he added.
The second Take a look at England-New Zealand will get underway this Thursday at Edgbaston in entrance of a crowd of 18,000 cricket followers. Root sees it as a possibility in addition to a duty.
England followers will stay up for seeing Rory Burns’ add one other Take a look at ton beneath his belt. They, nevertheless, will miss the providers of pacer Ollie Robinson, who has been suspended after his previous ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ tweets resurfaced following his Take a look at debut at Lord’s.
“I see it as a possibility to exit and rating Take a look at runs for his or her nation and I hope they view it like that. They’ve a possibility, but additionally a duty to play the state of affairs in entrance of them to the very best of their means.”
“They need to attempt to eradicate every other ideas, apart from getting absorbed at that second to prepare for that subsequent ball. That is the mindset we wish to create. Guys come into this crew and may seamlessly slot in and do their roles,” stated the England skipper.