SL v ENG 2018: Joe Root is confident of securing a rare away Test series win

England had registered a thumping 211-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Test series opener at Galle.

England pulled off one of their best away wins at Galle | Getty

In search of their first Test series win in Sri Lanka for 17 years, England skipper Joe Root has said that he wants his team to continue playing an aggressive brand of cricket and has urged everyone to keep taking the game to the struggling home side.

Root is delighted with the massive 211-run win at hosts' historical fortress but is aware that the task could still get tougher and quest remains to try and win the three-match series. England are confident, Root said, but they aren't going to be complacent at all.

"It(first away series win since 2015-16 2-1 triumph in South Africa) would be extremely important for this group of players," Root was quoted saying ahead of the second Test starting Wednesday, November 14, "It feels like we're going in a really strong direction at the moment. But that's the temptation: if you see the carrot dangled in front of you, you can look too far ahead."

"We have to make sure we stay in the game as long as possible. It's very easy to lose a Test in a session, and very difficult to win one. We have to be as skilful as we were in Galle for a long period of time," he affirmed.

Even if slightly, the conditions tend to vary from region to region in the island nation and Root knows it. Aware of how unique Pallekele can be from the overall conditions at Galle, he said, "We have to look to be as adaptable as possible, It was a strength of ours throughout that last Test," before emphasizing, "But I want us to look to take the positive option if we're unsure at any stage. I want us to keep taking the game to the opposition," and signed off.

(Inputs from Dailymail)


By Kashish Chadha - 13 Nov, 2018

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