Southampton, August 20
England captain Joe Root says the present group of gamers has the potential to grow to be the No 1 Test staff on this planet as he urged his staff mates to complete their house summer time with a win in opposition to Pakistan within the third Test on the Rose Bowl on Friday.
England misplaced the opening Test of their house season to West Indies, however adopted that with two victories to say the sequence, after which beat Pakistan within the first Test by a slender three wickets.
The second Test on the similar venue resulted in a draw after persistent rain ruined the competition, and so there’s nonetheless a job to do to finish the sequence win.
“We know we are not the finished article, we know we have challenges and hurdles to overcome, and things we need to get better at if we want to be the number one team in the world,” Root instructed reporters on Thursday.
“But I can certainly see this group of players going on to do that,” he said. “We have gotten an amazing group of bowlers now that we really feel cowl quite a few completely different surfaces and challenges wherever we go on this planet. That is an thrilling place to be.” England’s bowlers have largely risen to the event this summer time, however they’ve been much less spectacular with the bat, passing 320 solely twice within the earlier 5 checks.
“With the competition that is there, people have to keep proving their worth in the team. That is not just the bowlers, but the batters as well. We need to make sure we are driving the standards up all the time,” Root added.
England will solely resolve on the morning of the check whether or not to go together with an all seam assault, or choose spinner Dom Bess, who has been used sparingly in the summertime thus far.
“We have not settled on an XI yet, it is so hard to tell with that wicket right now,” Root mentioned.
“It has been largely below cowl for the final week, and with the solar lastly out and a little bit of wind, it might change drastically over the course of right now,” he mentioned.
“So we want to keep everything on the table and then make a strong call tomorrow.” Reuters