In the climax scene of the World Test Championship (WTC), India need a draw or a win and Australia need England to beat India to qualify for the final which will be played at Lord’s from June 18
Australia stand-in coach Andrew McDonald has publicly said that the Kangaroos are backing their Ashes foes and hoping for them to do well in th Ahmedabad Test from Thursday.
But England captain Joe Root doesn’t see the upcoming match as an opportunity to ‘help Australia’. With a smile on his face, the 30-year-old said that the team’s only motive was to salvage a draw and do something special in India. Notably, England are out of the WTC final race after losing the pink-ball Test by 10 wickets.
“I wouldn’t see it as helping Australia. I would see it as ending with a drawn series and doing something special in India.
“Unfortunately, we can’t qualify for the final now but a draw would be a fantastic achievement and that’s all I can really say as an England captain,” Joe Root said.
We must not be scared of the conditions, we must embrace them
Joe Root has reiterated that England need to play a fearless but not reckless brand of cricket. He expressed belief that his side has all the “ingredients” to succeed in India.
“I think it’s a reflection of conditions,’ said Root. ‘Being fearless means not having that tentative mentality of being trapped on the crease or caught in two minds. It’s having confidence to play the ball in front of you, not having baggage from what has happened before, not overthinking the pitch and trying to see things as they are.
“It is all still there for us. We’ve got all the ingredients, all the pieces and all the skills to exploit and succeed in these conditions. It’s important we harness that and have it in the front of our minds. We need to be braver and play with a bit more freedom.
‘That doesn’t mean going out there and trying to slog it or be ultra-aggressive. We play our game a certain way but we must not be scared of conditions. We must embrace them, however they turn out in this game,” Joe Root said.