England’s Captain Joe Root on Tuesday refused to blame ECB’s rotation policy & team selection for humiliating 317 runs defeat to India in the second test in Chennai saying that he has a very capable group of players at his disposal.
Indian Spinners Axar Patel & Ravichandran Ashwin ruin England’s second innings to guide India to a series levelling win. “My job is to manage the squad of players that we have here, and trying to do that to the best of my ability. I think we’ve got some wonderful players and a squad of players that is more than capable of winning here,” Root said at the post-match press conference.
“As soon our squad is passed over, it’s my responsibility to try and get the best out and try to win as many games as we can.” England’s rotation policy which has forced to keep England’s influential players like James Anderson & Jos Butler out of the second test match.
“It is difficult and challenging but so is everything at the moment. In this time with COVID, with the amount of cricket that we’ve got and trying to manage all together is tough,” Root said.
“But it is where we’re at. And that’s where we find ourselves and we just have to make sure that we get the best out of the players.
“And as I mentioned, we’ve got a very talented group of players. We’ve got a number of different options. So, it doesn’t change my focus, we want to win these next two games.”
England now have to win remaining two test matches to secure their place in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship finals.
“We’ll look at a squad that is available to us and make sure that we’re very happy with the XI that’s selected to make the most of this pink ball under the lights,” Root said.
“And, hopefully, that will be the right team to take advantage of those conditions,” he added.
Because of ECB’s rotation policy, senior spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali is returning home despite of scalping eight wickets in the 2nd Test, Root said pacer Jofra Archer was back to training and is available for the coming matches.
“Yeah, Moeen Ali has chosen to go home. It has obviously been a very tricky tour for him. If players feel that they need to get out of the bubble, which has been an option. That decision has been made. Hopefully, he feels better,” Root said.
“He really had a difficult one for him having to deal with COVID. Been in his room for such long periods of time. That just got to a point where he wants to get out of the bubble. And that’s absolutely fair enough,” Root said.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for him, but one that I absolutely respect and understand,” the England skipper added.
On Archer’s availability, Root said: “Yes there’s a possibility. He is back in training the last couple of days, and available for selection.”