ENG vs IND 2018: Joe Root wants England to be ruthless against India

Root's knock of 113 helped England level the series at Lord's.

Joe Root (Getty)

Having led England's charge towards a dominating win against the visitors, Joe Root gained immense confidence and urged the home side to remain like they were at Lord's, absolutely ruthless in the rest of the series and the tour versus Virat Kohli's men. 

Batting first England reached a huge score of 322 on the back of a good start from the openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy before Eoin Morgan and David Willey both scored the fifties to bat around the absolutely magnificent Joe Root who amassed 113 from just 116 balls on a surface where England needed his prowess against the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to come through. 

He did and so did England, as the visitors failed to get going at all batting second before getting bowled out for an embarrassing 236 in their 50 overs. 

After the match Root, having received the man of the match award, said, "That ruthless side of the ODI team really came out today (Saturday, July 14) And we're seeing it more and more. Hopefully, we can back that up and finish the series off now," 

Root also praised David Willey's very handy and dare it would be said, match-turning knock of 50* and said, "David came in and took a lot of pressure off me, to help us turn in what was at least a par score, so it was a fabulous effort from him,"

Root further added, "Ultimately you've just got to trust your game and trust your technique; I felt I was picking him (Kuldeep) OK, I feel I've got a solid approach against spin bowling. On a turning surface, it's important to make sure you feel you're playing it in the right manner and working things out."

"Thankfully I managed to follow through here. I thought we were quite smart in getting to what we thought was a good total; we didn't go too hard too early."

(Inputs from Cricket Next)


By Kashish Chadha - 15 Jul, 2018

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