Want to play for so long as attainable: Joe Root

England’s Test captain Joe Root is on the verge of completing a century of Test matches, and the 30-year-old plans to carry on for a long time, taking inspiration from veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad. “At the moment, the way I see things, is that I want to play as long as possible, I can’t see where it’s going to stop,” Root said. “The way Jimmy and Broady keep going and get better and better, they are an inspiration for someone like me. Hopefully that fire, that drive stays there in me and I can keep going.”

Root, who made his Test debut in India during England’s memorable series triumph in 2012, recalled his first day in the game in Nagpur. “Once I walked out, I completely forgot the situation of the game and the magnitude of it,” he said. “I was just so overwhelmed and happy and enjoying that moment, to get opportunities for England, play Test cricket, to be walking up to Kevin Pietersen at the other end, I just couldn’t stop smiling. I just took a little bit time to refocus, to stop thinking that Sachin Tendulkar stood at mid-off, and Kevin Pietersen watching at the other end, just really focussed on the job in hand, and thankfully, I managed to stay there for some time and help us get across the line,” he added.

“It feels like yesterday, walking around in Nagpur. Hopefully, it’s not the end of the journey, and there are plenty of games to come, and plenty of fantastic memories to make,” he added. PTI

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