Joe Root ignores ‘spicy’ flavor of WC semi-final against Australia
On the verge of looming marquee clash between arch-rivals England and Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, English opener Joe Root has paid no heed to whatsoever talking and mind games are nibbling around the match.
Root also cleverly responded to Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s tweaking on England, “it’s their World Cup to lose”, saying that “Nathan has a lot to say, a lot of the time, so you just take it with a pinch of salt. It might be a way of taking pressure off himself and his team. I try not to get too involved to be honest.”
“I think there have been times within games when it has got a bit spicy and there have been a few exchanges on the field. But generally we will go about things in our own way and just get ourselves ready as best we can,” Root said.
The hosts England and reigning champions Australia will lock horns in the second semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston. The high stake encounter that are going to take place just weeks before the start of the Ashes, provoked distinctive rival environment in the heat of the moment.
“There has been a lot made of the fear factor of playing against Australia, but I think for this group of players over the last four years their experiences against Australia are very positive,” said Root.
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