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It’s not been plain sailing, but we still improved: Joe Root

Each and every team has been making giant strides in terms of performances across formats. As far as Test cricket is concerned, England Test skipper Joe Root reckons that his side made tremendous progress so far over the last couple of years.

Root stated that his side took their performances to the next level despite the results have not gone their way. The skipper confessed that his side wants to raise their standards going into the Ashes at the end of this year.

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Ahead of their clash against Australia, the English side will have a busy time playing at home as they will play against New Zealand and India. At first, they will lock horns with the Kiwis in the two-match Test series and after that, they will play a five-match Test series against India. The Test opener between England and New Zealand will kick-start at the iconic Lord’s on June 2.

During an interaction with Sky Sports, Root threw light on the Test team’s performance in recent years and said: “We’ve made good strides over the last couple of years as a Test team. It’s not been plain sailing, we’ve not had it all our own way, but we still improved.”

“I truly believe we are making good strides in the right direction, and now we’ve got an opportunity to keep improving, keep getting better, and peak for Australia, which is the pinnacle for us,” added Root.

Root further stated that the coronavirus pandemic made things tricky for teams across the world. “It’s very difficult at the minute, the circumstances make it very tricky. You’ve got to factor in so many different things. The welfare of the players is obviously paramount.

But this is what you play for, years like this one. You want to pit yourself against the best, you want to be successful against the best and this is the opportunity to do it,” Root stated.

The England cricket team management recently disclosed that they would give new faces an opportunity to express themselves in the Tests against New Zealand while resting the players who played in IPL 2021. Talking about the same, England Test skipper said: “What you’re trying to do is create that environment where you’ve got a strong squad of players that have been together for a good period of time, but no one going in cold. You can’t plan everything perfectly, especially at the minute with COVID-19.”

“There might be natural opportunities where things arise, there might not be, but the most important thing is that we remain very open-minded about how we want to move going forward. We’ve got some really important cricket coming up and we’ve got to prioritise that,” Root added.

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