Root: Captaincy not affecting my batting

Joe Root captaincy not affecting my batting England cricket

Joe Root: “I think this summer, batting at three was probably playing on my mind more than anything else”

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England Test captain Joe Root has insisted that the leadership role is not having an adverse impact on his batting.

Root’s comments came after legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne said that Root should give up the captaincy in order to solely focus on his batting.

However, while Warne feels that Jos Buttler should take over as skipper, Root made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of letting go of the captaincy.

“No, not at all. I think this summer, batting at three was probably playing on my mind more than anything else,” he told Sky Sports as quoted by The Cricketer. “Obviously the surfaces we have been playing on have been very difficult at the top of the order. When it’s high-quality seam bowling like both sides had, it made it very difficult.

“There’s always going to be question marks if you’re not scoring the runs that you have in the past or that you would like to.”

While Root’s average with the bat is 46.80 as captain and 52.80 just as a batsman, the 27-year-old pointed out that he was given a major boost in confidence for his side’s tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies after scoring a brilliant 125 in the fifth Test against India at The Oval last month.

“I feel like I overcame that at the back-end of the series getting the hundred in the last Test and now I am ready to kick on,” he said. “It’s a new challenge on these surfaces. There’ll be a lot more spin, reverse-swing might come into it. It will be a different style of Test cricket.

“I think more than anything it is about reacting to that, making sure we are prepared going into it but ultimately switching on very quickly to the different scenarios we find ourselves in.”

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