Test Captain of England Joe Root and Co. are going to face Ireland for the one-off test on Wednesday at Lord’s. As a Capitan, he boosts up his team and urges them to “lay down a marker” for Ashes when they face Ireland at their hometown of cricket.
England who saw a dramatic World Cup finals against New Zealand won the World Cup trophy out of huge difficulty. They went on with a regular match and then went for a super over but finally done with the boundary count.
Despite switching to the red-ball cricket, Joe Root believed that England being the World Cup Champions in the one-day format for the first time will help them to turn up in test too.
“We’ve taken a huge amount of confidence from the World Cup and that counts for a lot. It’s something we must capitalize ongoing into a huge six Tests. The message to the squad is to play with a huge amount of pride and passion.” – Joe Root told.
England wanted to regain the Ashes where they couldn’t win the matches of 2017/18 which were held in Australia.
“We don’t want to sleepwalk into this. Any Lord’s Test match at the start is a good chance to set a precedent for the way we want to play for the rest of the summer. I don’t want anyone walking into it and not being 100 percent on it. It’s a great chance to lay a marker down.” – Root said.
“For every international team, the schedule is pretty hectic for everyone. It’s tough but it presents a great opportunity as well. You get a chance to get on a roll and put some strong performances in early, which enables you to carry on that momentum. Similarly, if it doesn’t quite go your way at the start you’ve got the opportunity to put things right very quickly. One of the challenges is making sure we manage everyone well and we are smart with selections and making sure that guys who are picked are fit and firing and ready to go.” – Root added.
The paceman Tim Murtagh will take on Ireland, who recently took his 800th first-class cricket and plays for Middlesex-based Lord’s.
“He’s played a huge amount of cricket and had a huge amount of success at this ground for Middlesex and in county cricket. There’s a number of guys in their side who have been around the county circuit…They deserve this opportunity. We won’t be taking anyone lightly or under-estimating Ireland in any way.” – Joe Root said.
England will be taking on Ireland without leading all-time wicket-taker James Anderson due to a calf injury, with World Cup-winning opener Jason Roy and fast bowler Olly Stone set to make their Test debuts.
Meanwhile, World Cup stars Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have been rested ahead of the Ashes.