Root wants England to end series in style

Joe Root wants England to use their new found confidence and beat India in the final test at the Oval.

England are 2-1 up in the series after victories at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford and would win the series 3-1 if they beat India during the Oval test, which starts on Friday.

Having gone 10 test matches without a victory after defeat at Lord’s in the 2nd test, England’s turn around in form has been remarkable and Root hopes that they can build on their new found confidence and secure a series victory.

“You come out of two games where we’ve played some really strong cricket and there’s a lot of confidence,” Root told Sky Sports.

“I think the key now is to go into Friday and continue that, to build on what we’ve done so far and remember this is just the start of where we want to be.

“We can’t rest on just two Test wins, we have to capitalise on what we’ve started and really cement what we have done to take this series home.”

England were given a boast on Thursday when Stuart Broad trained with the team, suggesting he will be in the side for the final test.

Broad suffered a broken nose when he top edged a Varun Aaron bouncer into his helmet during the final day of the fourth test.

Despite the prospect of playing with a broken nose, Root thinks Broad will be desperate to play and finish the series alongside his team mates.

“It’s not very pretty,” Root said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “He’s not got his ‘boy-band’ looks you would normally associate with Stuart. But he’s milking it, definitely, as you’ll probably have seen on all the social network sites. But I’m sure he’ll be desperate to play on Friday. He’s obviously in good form and he will want to finish the series strongly with the rest of us.”

Author: Rob Kearsey

I am a Broadcast Journalist and a passionate cricket fan. I enjoy writing about all things cricket and I like to engage with other cricket fans on the most important issues involving the game I love.

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