This will be the 100th Test for Joe Root when England face India in the first Test in Chennai on Friday. Having made his Test debut while touring India in 2012, Root has had a successful career so far, amassing 8,249 races in the longer format.
And as the England captain prepares for a personal milestone, the team’s batting consultant Jonathan Trott believes the passion for the game and the desire to improve have helped Root reach this far in his international career. . “He still has a passion for the game and a desire to improve and that rubs off on everyone. England are very fortunate to have a player like him, who leads as captain and is also able to beat in mid-range, ”Trott said in a media interaction on Wednesday.
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Trott was one of the senior players on the team during Root’s first set in 2012 and having seen him come a long way, Trott believes the captain wowed everyone with his meteoric rise. “I would say I was a little surprised. I think on this tour he came into a warm-up match and impressed everyone not only with his talent but with the way he conducted himself. For someone who hasn’t played international cricket and was new to the team, that was a great thing, ”said Trott.
Jonathan Trott, England batting consultant. – Photo: BCE
As England suffered a 0-4 defeat in the five-game Test Series in 2016, the team looks confident this time around, under Root’s leadership. “Captain in India is a skill in itself like the rotation of bowlers and spinners and he did it really well. We have seen this in Sri Lanka and I think it goes hand in hand because it seems very natural to him the captaincy and the decision making, ”said Trott.
“It can be a real challenge for anyone, but for Joe I have full confidence in his ability to lead the boys. I know he’s very excited about the series, ”added the batting consultant.
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The series of tests will also mark the return of international cricket to India following the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trott believes that in Indian conditions it is important for tours to rack up great runs in the first innings.
When asked if he had advised anything specific to the team, Trott said: “It varies from player to player. For some, this will be their first tour of India, while some have been there several times. There are different things, different messages and it’s about building relationships with players who haven’t worked with us as much as others yet. So the message varies from player to player, but the basic principles of gambling in India remain the same. “Big runs from the start – in the first innings – it’s very important in India and playing the spin and having your method and being able to execute that under pressure is the most important thing,” said Trott.
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Until a few years ago, spinners played a key role in Indian conditions. But now, with India producing a solid pool of fast bowlers, Trott agrees it will be a challenge.
“Their rhythm attack worked really well in Australia and they’re very talented with the ball and so for the hitters, yes, (it will be) more (difficult). As you roam the world these days, everyone has a good attack pace, so it’s crucial to be prepared for both. Your skill level has to be very high and to play in the heat, humidity in Chennai, you have to be strong, ”said Trott.