England captain Joe Root urged his players to continue the fighting spirit that helped them draw the Fourth Ashes Test. Root praised his team for showing bravery after overcoming defeats in the first three Tests. He has now asked them to repeat the same thing in the Fifth and Final Test in Hobart.
The guests showed remarkable bravery and resilience in the Fourth Test in Sydney, winning a nail-biting draw in the final hour of Thursday with a stick in hand. The tourists fought 102 rounds on the last day, with the final matchup being James Anderson and Stuart Broad overtook Australia in two passes to earn a credible draw.
Root says it feels encouraging to see his players show their determination to restore their lost pride. The 31-year-old now expects the guests to play in form from ball one during the day-night test in Hobart. He was quote as said by BT Sport on the matter:
“Towards the back of the three very difficult games where we underperformed, to go back and take something from the previous game showed a huge amount of character. the fighting and the pride that everyone has showed on the last day it was something that we had to exploit.”
“We have to play like that more often for five days, not just on the last day when everything is settled, but from the ball one. We have something to build on; that’s what we have to do. absorbed from the last match and entered this one.”
The right-hander will also want more under-string runs to keep up with his recent poor form. Root, who has amassed over 1700 runs by 2021, has failed to convert his three-and-a-half centuries in the series into triple figures. His quest to score the Century Test Down Under continues, something he hopes to achieve in Hobart.
“We have to assess how they perform over the next few days” – Joe Root on Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes
Joe Root addresses Jonny Bairstow’s injury concerns and Ben Stokes, said management will see how they cope over the next two days. The 31-year-old commented that it was important for them to be fit enough to play five grueling days of Test cricket, saying:
“We have to assess how they’re going to develop over the next few days. Sure you can pick Ben as a bat, so does Jonny. We have to see where they are, what their bodies can handle. What to do. You must trust medical advice.”
“We need to make sure they’re physically fit in a place where they can get through five tough days of cricket. It’s okay to play, but you have to be fit to perform, and that’s it. what we have to work apart.”
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England are certain to make at least one change to their squad in Hobart, with Jos Buttler returning home from a finger injury. It remains to be seen if they risk Stokes or Bairstow, keeping the upcoming West Indies tour in mind.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/news-we-something-build-on-joe-root-wants-england-carry-spirit-sydney-test-hobart?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “We have something to build on”