Joe Root isn’t allowing his No. 1 Test batting position get the best of him as he looks to win the India series.
Joe Root, England’s captain, has risen to the top of the Test batter rankings.
Joe Root says achieving the top spot in the world Test rankings would not distract him from the task at hand, which is to beat India this summer. Six centuries this year, including three in a row against India this summer, helped England captain Joe Root leapfrog Kane Williamson in the ICC Test rankings.
However, while reaching the top of the batting rankings for the first time since 2015 was “great,” Root reiterated that if England were lost by India, it would be meaningless.
“Obviously, it’s wonderful to hear, but my primary objective right now is to keep scoring runs in this series and bring us over the finish line,” Root said.
“As pleasant as it is, there is still a lot of hard work to be done, and my focus remains the same.
“It’s all about continuing to improve, scoring runs and setting up games in order to win Test matches.”
Root has led the ICC statistics for the third time in his career, having previously done so in late 2015.
But he expressed optimism that improved form was on the way, beginning tomorrow at The Oval, where England and India will try to break a 1-1 stalemate in the series.
“Hopefully, my life’s form is yet to come, but I’m feeling great right now and need to keep focused and attentive on the work I’m doing around and behind the games.
“I have to keep giving myself the greatest chance possible to keep racking up massive wins.”
In the absence of Jos Buttler, who is attending the birth of his second child, Root has revealed that Moeen Ali will be his vice captain at The Oval.
Root explained his selection by saying, “Moeen is a natural leader and someone who the squad gravitates around for a variety of reasons.”
“One of them is his understanding of the game.
“I believe he has a tremendous cricket brain and has performed admirably in domestic cricket and short forms when he has played the job.
“When I’m off the field, he’ll probably be looking forward to getting the DRS signal out!”
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