England’s captain Joe Root on Wednesday said that England’s squad made the right decision to go for a draw in the first test against New Zealand. Joe Root & CO was criticized for not trying to chase an average target of 273 runs in the first test.
Replying to the criticism, England’s Captain Joe Root said, “I have had some time to think about that. I considered the situation we found ourselves in & I still feel we made the right decision by going for a draw. We have opened the opportunity of winning the series, though it is not a part of the Test Championship, it is a test match that means a lot to the players & the group”.
“We are very keen to put five days of strong play this week to clinch the series. If the opportunity arises we will definitely look to be aggressive. I do not want us to be considered a negative team that plays a boring brand of cricket. We have some very exciting players who are capable of some wonderful passages of cricket & hopefully that will come to light this week”, Root added.
In the second test at Edgbaston, 17,000 fans would be allowed per day inside the stadium. Talking about the presence of fans, JoeRoot said, “We are all very aware we are in the entertainment business. We all want to be part of those games, those special games that provide entertainment. They are the ones that you always remember”.
Joe Root also urged the young players of the England team to come ahead & score runs against New Zealand in the second test starting from tomorrow. He said that it is an opportunity for the youngsters to go out on the field & score runs. He further added that along with an opportunity it’s the responsibility of the players to play to the best of their ability & try to get absorbed at that moment. By praising the youngsters in the squad, Root concluded by saying that the players in England’s team understand their roles & are quite talented to make big contributions.
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