Root: England ready for tough summer

“It’s all about building up nicely before that tournament”

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England batsman Joe Root believes that the national team are prepared for what awaits them during their busy summer at home.

First up will be a two-match ODI series against Ireland, and that will be followed by a three-match ODI series against South Africa.

Those two series will precede the Champions Trophy, a tournament which England have never won before.

“I certainly think we’re in a good position,” Root told Sky Sports. “You look at how we’ve playing over six months or even a year, and and we keep moving forward as a side.

“We’ve got depth in every area, and it’s set us up nicely, but you don’t win games on paper and it’s all about building up nicely before that tournament, getting some results under our belts and making sure the guys are feeling confident.”

Meanwhile, Root also admitted that he is looking forward to his first assignment as Test captain, which will come against the Proteas in July.

Root replaced Alastair Cook as skipper in the longest format after the latter stepped down in February.

“I’d love the Test series to be next week and be able to dive in and get into the role, but there’s plenty of important cricket to play in front of that,” he said. “What better focus than a major tournament like the Champions Trophy to get ready for.”

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