Joe Root Defends The English Spinners In Sri Lanka
By CricShots - Oct 13, 2018 10:35 am
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The star English batsman Joe Root reckons that each and every English batsman should take the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka as an opportunity to showcase their ability to tackle the spinners. The first ODI between Sri Lanka and England lasted for only 15 overs before rain played spoilsport.

Joe Root

The two teams are currently locking horns with each other in Dambulla on Saturday for the second ODI and Root believes the England batsmen have all the ingredients to do well against Sri Lankan spinners Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan.

On the eve of the second game, Joe said, “As a team, our record against spin is right up there, if not the best in the world, over the last couple of years. This is another opportunity to show everyone how good we are against spin and to perform well on these surfaces. To do that it’s important to understand the rhythm of batting here is very different to back home. The way we structure setting a target or chasing one down might be very different to how we go about it at home.”

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He further added, “The way we approach cricket in ODIs is very different to the last time we toured here (in 2014). The way we naturally play will always put bowlers under pressure, whether that’s against seam or spin. We’ve done it in the majority of places throughout the world, but can we do it here on spinning surfaces?”

Root also denied the claims of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that England’s Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali lack “the mystery” of Dananjaya and Sandakan.

Adil Rashid

The star batsman said, “I think Rash (Rashid) would be a bit disappointed by saying there’s no mystery about how he bowls. He has a few tricks in his bag and I’m sure you’ll see that on these surfaces. Every bowler you’ve never faced before is a mystery because you don’t know what you’re going to get. You can get yourself out by talking yourself out. Most importantly you prepare, watch the footage, see how they operate and go and play accordingly.”

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Meanwhile, Dananjaya said he is happy to do whatever his team demands from him.

The spinner explained, “I’ve opened before. I’m always watching the captain, just waiting for a chance to get the ball in hand. I’ll do whatever the team needs. When I play I actually like pressure, and I try to use it in a way that improves my game.”