England’s Joe Root eyes Australia’s demolition in the upcoming World Cup
England star batsman Joe Root said that there is much to learn from Australia but they want to beat the five-time World Cup champion in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
“Australia have always had strong squads,” Root said. “They’ve gone into each World Cup straight up there as far as the rankings and depth inside their squad for some of those World Cups and they’ve won pressure moments. So there’s plenty to learn from them as a side.”
Root also admits that with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia will go to the World Cup as one of the most stronger and balanced side among all the teams. But he looks to beat that rejuvenated Australian side.
“We have two of the best players [Warner and Smith] back playing for Australia now. It’s rising all around pleasantly to be an exceptionally exciting series, and I’m certain that World Cup game won’t frustrate either,” the 28-year old batsman said. “We need to beat Australia’s strongest side and those two are unquestionably in that. It’s an exceptionally exciting period for us, and we have such an incredible chance to accomplish something extremely unique.”
The right-handed batsman also shares his team’s success. He said that hard working and handling pressure were the key to success. England won 58 out of their 88 matches since the World Cup 2015 which is better than any team in ODIs.
“I’d like to imagine that the manner in which that we’ve improved over this four-year cycle, we are most likely in front of where we figured we would be at this stage,” Root said. “We’ve worked very hard to deserve the tag of the No.1-ranked group going into the competition; I figure we ought to appreciate that. We ought to get a great deal of confidence from that and truly embrace that and appreciate what we’ve been doing and take it forward into the games.
“The best thing about it is that we are confident, yet we are practical that nothing is ever given to you in this game, and that you will need to keep on working very hard. To win a competition, you must be consistent too.”
England will play two warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan on May 25 and May 27 before they start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval.