XtraTime Web Desk: After registering a thumping win over India in the second test at Lord’s England captain Joe Root stays humble as he and his team isn’t thinking about the 5-0 whitewash as the England captain feels that If you get too far ahead of yourself, this game has got a funny way of biting back at you.
“If you get too far ahead of yourself, this game has got a funny way of biting back at you. We’ve got to make sure we turn up at Trent Bridge, continue to keep learning and get better. We haven’t played the perfect performance yet, and that’s something we’ve got to keep striving towards, regardless of what team India have at Trent Bridge. We’ve got a place we want to get to as a side, and we have to continue to work hard to get there, 2-0 is great position going to Trent Bridge, where we have had a lot of success in the past, but ultimately we have to play five days of good cricket to win that game,” said Root while at the post match press-conference.
On being asked about the remarkable performance of James Anderson who became the first cricketer to take 100 Test wickets at Lord’s Root said,” His record suggest just that he is one of the greatest. 100 wickets here at Lord’s now, time and again he puts in fantastic performances, and you know if he’s not taking wickets he’s going at 2 an over so he always gives you control, as have the rest of the guys throughout this series. But for him to be performing as he is, is something else. It’s great to watch, and to be a part of. He’s a massive part of this team
Root lauded the all-round performance of Chris Woakes as well who got a call up after Ben Stokes was forced to missing out the second test.
“He’s a big part of our squad, all three formats, it’s been a frustrating summer for him, he’s been injured for a long part of it, and to get an opportunity to come in this week – the easy thing to do is get anxious, try a bit too hard, but he settled in magnificently well with that first spell in particular, then took that confidence into his batting, that partnership changed the game, turned it on its head, and got us miles ahead on that surface. It was worth probably 550 on another wicket, Jonny won’t get plaudits either but I thought he played exceptionally well and got us into a really good position,” concluded Root.