We don't want to get carried away: Root

Joe Root. Reuters

England, 2-0 up in the ongoing five-match Test series, have a great chance of handing an out-of-sorts India a severe drubbing but their skipper Joe Root refused to get carried away, saying staying in the moment is vital in such a long series.

“Obviously, that would be the dream, to put in five complete performances and have five wins,” said Root at the post-match press conference. But it's important we don’t get complacent, arrogant or look too far ahead. We're playing against the number one side in the world with some very talented players and we have to make sure we keep looking to learn and develop.

“If you get too far ahead of yourself, this game has got a funny way of biting back at you. We’ve got to make sure we turn up at Trent Bridge and continue to keep learning and get better. We haven’t played the perfect performance yet and that’s something we’ve got to keep striving towards, regardless of what team India have at Trent Bridge. 2-0 is great position going to Trent Bridge where we have had a lot of success in the past, but ultimately we have to play five days of good cricket to win that game.”

Root felt more than the poor Indian batting, it’s his team's relentless bowling that has seen them emerge victorious. “I don’t see any lack of fight or lack of trying. India are doing everything they can but from my perspective, I’m so pleased we’re bowling as well as we are. That’s what’s been the difference. The areas we’ve put the ball in, the questions we have asked of them. When you build pressure for long periods it’s difficult as a batter to get through that sometimes. We’ve given them nothing.”

The England skipper lauded James Anderson, who went past 100 wicket at Lord’s with another menacing performance. “He’s a special, special commodity. He’s something that doesn’t come along very often and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around, there’s been chat about his longevity but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has before. His record suggest just that, 100 wickets here at Lord’s now, time and again he puts in fantastic performances. You know if he’s not taking wickets he’s going at two runs an over so he always gives you control. But for him to be performing as he is, is something else. It’s great to watch and to be a part of. He’s a massive part of this team.”

 

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