Captain Joe Root said on Monday that England will need to be in top form to beat India in their own backyard, even as a 2-0 sweep from Sri Lanka gives their quest to the front row a boost. four-game tests.
Ahead of the series starting February 5 in Chennai, Root described India as “the best team in the world on their own terms”.
Root, who led ahead with winning strokes of 228 and 186 in the first and second tests in Sri Lanka respectively, said he was looking forward to the series against India.
“We have four very important games against arguably the best team in the world on their own terms,” Root said after the second test against Sri Lanka.
“We’ll have to play at the top of our game to win there, but we couldn’t be in a better place to go and challenge them (India),” he added.
The England team will have to serve a period of quarantine on arrival in Chennai before touching the ground.
Root said the confidence they gained from victories over Sri Lanka will hold them in good stead against the powerful Indians.
“We’re going to have seven or eight days without cricket, six days in quarantine and then three very important days of preparation before the series,” he said.
“But what we have is a huge confidence that comes from these two games.”
Root observed that England had made significant “progress” in outdoor conditions after registering their second successive wash run in Sri Lanka.
England had beaten Sri Lanka in all three tests in 2018.
“Certainly progress. As I mentioned before this game, in the past we have had difficulties away from home, ”he said.
“So that we can turn around, finding ways to regularly take 20 wickets is really impressive. We just need to stay hungry and keep looking to improve.
England will be deprived of Jonny Bairstow’s services in the first two tests in India, while Jos Buttler will return home after the first game as part of the squad’s player management policy.
But Root said England will be boosted by the return of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, who were off for the Sri Lanka series.
“We always want our best players to be there as often as possible, because of the world we are in right now, it is not doable and we have to manage it as best we can,” he said. declared.
“But he (Buttler) still has an opportunity to affect the series and he’ll be sure he’s desperate to keep in good form.