England Test Captain Joe Root has stated that Sri Lanka and India tour will set a clear view on how much England has progressed as a Test team. England, before heading to India is set to play 2 Tests in Sri Lanka in January where they will play four Tests, 3ODIs and five T20Is. England last beat India in the year 2012.
However, Team India have seemed to improved tremendously since then. Joe Root told Sky Sports that twin tours to the Asian nations will actually be a build-up to the Ashes.
“The build-up (to the Ashes) starts really a year out. I know it’s going to be a huge series for the team and probably for me as a captain. I’m just really excited. I know we’re in a really good place currently. Can we make sure that we are in that same place in a year’s time walking out for that first Test match?,” he said.
England visited Sri Lanka in 2018. The side won keeping behind Sri Lanka with 3-0.
The captain recalled his last winning experience in Sri Lanka and that the winning will boost a numbers of players confidence.
“We had great experiences and results last time out in Sri Lanka and that will give a number of players a huge amount of confidence going back there with some great memories.
“As for the Indian challenge, Root said, “Every team finds it a huge challenge to win in India. I think that’s a really good test for where we are at as a team.”
“I haven’t really got the returns that I would like and would pride myself on but that’s almost a new challenge for me. Can I step my game up again and get to that level that I desire to be at?” Joe Root said.
Joe Root has played in 97 Tests and 149 ODIs for England, scoring 7823 and 5962 runs respectively.