It’s important we don’t get complacent, arrogant: Joe Root after Lord’s Test
He also had special praise for the veteran James Anderson.
Updated - Aug 14, 2018 4:53 pm
England are currently leading the five-match Test series against India by 2-0. After a thrilling series opener, the second game was a straightforward one for the hosts as they ran away with the game effectively inside two days at Lord’s. The visitors didn’t look to compete as well and the frailties in batting have led to the talks of a possible whitewash as well. However, England captain Joe Root has cautioned his colleagues about the same and believed that they shouldn’t look too far ahead.
The hosts’ bowlers were absolutely sensational at Lord’s. Their ace bowler and the King of Swing James Anderson thrived in favourable conditions as he ended the game with the figures of 9/43 and received an able support from other three bowlers which helped them skittle the opposition within 83 overs. They are now expected to continue in the same vein and seal the series at Trent Bridge itself.
We’re playing against World No. 1 side
Joe Root was clear in his mind about not thinking too far ahead and stay in the present. He felt that India are number 1 in the longest format and it is by no means a joke and his team shouldn’t be complacent going ahead against the Virat Kohli-led side. However, he termed the possibility of whitewash as a dream.
“Obviously, that would be the dream – to put in five complete performances and have five wins. But it’s important we don’t get complacent, arrogant, or look too far ahead. We’re playing against the No. 1 side in the world, with some very talented players, and we have to make sure we keep looking to learn and develop,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.
The 27-year-old also had some special praise for his new-ball bowler James Anderson who is just getting younger with every day the way he’s bowling. “He’s a special, special commodity, isn’t he? He’s something that doesn’t come along very often and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around. There’s been a chat about his longevity but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has before,” Root added.