Ind vs Eng Test: Joe Root says getting the better of Ravichandran Ashwin key in outcome of series
Joe Root is all set to create history when he becomes the 15th England player to play 100 Tests when he steps out at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Friday. Having begun his journey in India in 2012.
India’s recent Test series success in Australia has given touring sides the confidence to win away from home, including England who have a great opportunity to do well in India with the number of quality players they have in the squad, said, captain Joe Root.
Joe Root is acknowledged as the best player against spin and during the pre-match press conference, the Yorkshire right-hander said that his battle with R Ashwin could determine the outcome of the series.
R Ashwin got the better of Steve Smith in the recent series against Australia and Joe Root is trusting on the sweep shot, something that he is very capable of to get the better of India’s premier off-spinner in the four-Test Ind vs Eng series.
I just have to play Ashwin well. I will not look to dominate and defend. He is a fine bowler and has a great record in India. I have played against him and he had the better of me a couple of times. This is the contest I have to get the better of. You have to play all the bowling well. Ball-by-ball mentality will help me,” Joe Root said.
In the recent series against Sri Lanka, Joe Root hit a double century and century.
In India, Joe Root averages 53 with a high score of 124 from six Tests. Joe Root is acknowledged as the best player against spin
His main battle will be with India’s spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin, who had dismissed the England captain twice in 2016 but not before conceding a hefty number of runs.