England captain Joe Root talked about the tough challenge coming ahead for his team with four-match Test series in India. The 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka away from home is going to work as a morale booster for the English team but Root feels the players will have to stick together inside a bio-bubble.Also Read - England Captain Joe Root Named ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year for 2021
England will play four-match Test series followed by five T20Is and three ODIs as Root claims the longer the players are away for home, the more challenging it will get for them. Also Read - IPL Mega Auction 2022: No Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Chris Gayle This Year, 1214 Players Registered
“It is going to be a challenge. The next tour is going to be different. The longer we are away from home, the more challenging it will get. More importantly, we will have to check in that everyone is travelling well. All we can do is to make we manage as best as we can,” said Root, who led England to a 2-0 Test series win against Sri Lanka. Also Read - All-Night Ashes Party Leads to Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson and 3 Australia Cricketers Kicked Out of Hobart Hotel
“It is individual’s responsibilities to take ownership of that — be honest about that. But also for each other to ask questions to look after one another. To make sure that we are looking after each and every player in and out of the squad,” he said.
The England skipper that they will take the experiences from the series-win against Sri Lanka to the Indian tour and ready to react to the different challenges ahead.
“We will keep looking to build, keep looking to improve and take as much experience as we can from this series. We are going to have different challenges, different surfaces different situations to manage in India. It is about react to that,” said Root while speaking to the media.
“I think it is always easier when you are winning. One thing we have as a group is that we care about each other. Constantly look after one another. There is a very good environment we have within the dressing across all three teams. But as I say when you are winning, it makes that a little bit easier,” he added.
The English team will enter the bio-bubble in Chennai on February 27, and undergo a week-long quarantine, and then have a couple of days of training.
Root further talked about how they are going to manage the bio-secure bubble and preparation for the opening Test, which will commence from February 5.
“It is going to be strange. We have to be realistic as well. We are going to have seven-eight days with no cricket at all. Six days in quarantine and then three important days in preparation ahead of the series. One thing we do have is huge amount of confidence from this series. We had to manage different situations and all of that holds us in good stead. Hopefully, we can manage that well and get off to a good start,” said Root.