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Root: England will not ease up

Joe Root told ecb.co.uk England will be "raring to go" when the third Investec Ashes Test starts at Emirates Old Trafford

 

Joe Root could perhaps be excused for resting on his laurels after his efforts at Lord’s, but the England opener insists he and his team-mates are fully focussed on keeping standards high in the remaining Investec Ashes Tests.

Alastair Cook’s men eased into a 2-0 series lead when completing a 347-run thrashing of Australia at the home of cricket with a day to spare.

Root was named man of the match, having followed a first Test hundred from the top of the order with the key wickets of half-centurions Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja in Australia’s second innings.

Yet the young Yorkshireman knows further hard work lies ahead when the teams resume battle at Emirates Old Trafford from August 1.

“I’m sure we will enjoy it (the victory) – and it’s nice to have a few days off, rest up and make sure we turn up at Old Trafford raring to go,” Root told ecb.co.uk. 

“We played some really good cricket throughout this whole Test match and that’s really pleasing going into the next one.

“We know how well we’ve had to play to win these two games and we also know that we’re going to have to continue to do that for the rest of the series if we want to win the Ashes.”

Having made a huge impact on proceedings by striking 180 in England’s second innings, Root was thrilled to contribute further with his off-spin.

“Yeah, I’m absolutely delighted (with the wickets),” he added.

“They (Clarke and Khawaja) are obviously two very good players and it’s nice to contribute. I got an opportunity with the ball and it’s nice to know if I get an opportunity I can help the side out in that department as well.”

Batting, of course, remains Root’s strongest suit and captain Cook was quick to hail the efforts of his new opening partner, who was promoted ahead of this rubber.

“It was a tough call and it could have gone either way, but Rooty stood up to the mark like we thought he would do,” explained Cook.

“He’s a fantastic young cricketer and he’s always adapted himself very well to a situation and been able to handle the external stuff.

“He had a fantastic game. He knows there are going to be tough times around the corner – there always are at certain times – but he has the right attributes to have a very long career.”

Root has also received praise from England batting coach Graham Gooch.

"For every country in the world, sometimes players get thrown up who are not only skilful, have good disciplines and good habits but are very mature characters for young men," said the ex-England captain and record first-class run scorer.

"I think from the first time we all experienced Joe in India, a few months back, it was quite evident that this lad was very mature mentally, had a good work ethic and was very keen to learn.

"It was not a surprising decision when he forced his way into the side on merit at Nagpur in that Test, and he's gone on and on."

Cook hailed the efforts of his young opening partner, describing Root as "a fantastic young cricketer"

 

 

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