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India vs England: Joe Root promises ruthless streak after Lord’s Test victory

England skipper Joe Root has warned India his team would be ruthless in the remaining matches despite their early 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series.

cricket Updated: Aug 13, 2018 09:57 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times, London
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England's Joe Root is pictured in the field during play on the fourth day of the second Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 12, 2018. (AFP)

England skipper Joe Root has warned India his team would be ruthless despite their early 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series and that it would be tough to ask Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad or take rest as they are bowling superbly so far. (MATCH REPORT) (DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS)

“That would be the dream, to put in five complete performances and have five wins,” he told reporters when asked if a 5-0 rout was possible, after beating India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

“But it’s important we don’t get complacent, arrogant, or look too far ahead,” he added after wrapping up a second game within the distance. “We’re playing against the No 1 side with some very talented players, and we have to make sure we keep looking to learn and develop.

“We’re not the finished article – we’ve got a long way to go to where we want to get to. It’s a great position to be in, 2-0 up with three to go, going into Nottingham, which is a great place for us to play.

India beat England 4-0 when they toured in 2016 and they also lost the Ashes in Australia.

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“Yes, it (travelling) can be tough, and it has been for us previously. So, we’ve got to make sure we’re doing everything we can to continue these performances and keep making it very difficult for India.

“That comes with a lot of hard work and a ruthless streak within us.”

England were criticised for their losing the start in the two-Test series against Pakistan before they drew 1-1 but have been almost perfect, especially in bowling. “The really pleasing thing is we’re not relying on one individual. Every guy within that attack has put in crucial performances,” she said.

Ben Stokes missed the Lord’s Test as he is at the trial in a Bristol court but Root said the all-rounder was an integral part of the side.

“Ben is a huge part of this squad, so it’s a miss him not being here this week. But it created an opportunity for Chris to come in and perform, and boy, he didn’t disappoint, did he?”

Woakes removed Virat Kohli in the first innings and hit 137 not out to be named Man-of-the-Match.

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Earlier this summer, there were suggestions pacers James Anderson, 36, and Stuart Broad, 32 would be rested if England get to a strong position quickly. It is to help Anderson continue till the 2019 Ashes. series at home.

“That’s something we will have to manage and have to take into account the workloads over the next three games,” Root said.

“But when they’re performing as they are, and making the game shorter, it makes it a lot easier for them to be fit and be ready to play in the next game.”

“We’ll have to be quite smart with that – we don’t want them injured for long periods of time.”

Root denied India caved in.

“I don’t see any lack of fight, or lack of trying. India are doing everything they can, but from my perspective, I’m so pleased we’re bowling as well as we are. That’s what’s been the difference.”

“We haven’t played the perfect performance yet, and that’s something we’ve got to keep striving regardless of what team India have at Trent Bridge.”

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 09:08 IST