Saturday, 24 August 2019

‘Finding a way to win’ was crucial for preparations: Joe Root

LONDON: Joe Root believes that England are building momentum heading into a landmark season of international cricket.

Root, who combined with man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan for a 65-run partnership which guided England to victory in a high-pressure T20 against Pakistan in Cardiff on Sunday, said there was a sense the summer had officially begun once the squad had gathered for a camp the previous weekend, also in Cardiff.

“It was nice to see everyone at the camp, even though there are a few injuries around, it’s exciting to see the crux of the squad together and to start the journey of the summer,” Root said. “And for us to find a way of winning two games. I know this is a different format but the majority of the squad will be around for the 50-over stuff.

“It was a great chance for us to start going in the right direction, to get some momentum going into the one-day series. It’s really pleasing to be two from two and hopefully now carry that forward throughout those five games.”

While Root managed just 7 and Morgan a duck in Friday’s ODI win against Ireland, Root’s 47 off 42 deliveries was pivotal against Pakistan. Morgan then blasted 57 off just 29 to snatch a victory over the world’s No.1 T20 side by seven wickets, with just four balls remaining. A neat cameo by Joe Denly, who scored an unbeaten 20 off 12 once Root was dismissed, was also encouraging for the hosts going into the five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday.

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