Experience from World T20 will stand us in great stead - Joe Root

Experience from World T20 will stand us in great stead - Joe Root
Joe Root was the leading run-scorer for England against Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series in 2014.
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England vice-captain Joe Root feels that the experience the team has gained by finishing as the runners-up in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 will be a huge boost in their upcoming international season.

With Sri Lanka and Pakistan touring England for a full-fledged campaign, England will have a busy summer season ahead in all the forms of the game.

Though he is disappointed to have lost the World T20 final, Root feels that the England players have taken a lot of confidence from their performance in the tournament and is hoping to carry forward the momentum in the upcoming series.

“Obviously when you get to a final it’s all about winning,” Root told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Unfortunately we were unable to do that but the effort we put in and the experience we have gained from that is going to stand us in great stead moving forward.

“A lot of guys have gained a lot of confidence and hopefully we can take that forward into an exciting summer of Test cricket.

“We’ve had a pretty successful winter with winning away in South Africa and getting to the final of the Twenty20 World Cup and there are a lot of exciting young players that are putting their name forward for selection for this Test series.

“And then when the ODI’s kick in, hopefully we can take that form forward from the Twenty20 into that.”

A number of England Test cricketers are scheduled to play in the early rounds of the County Championship while Root himself will feature for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire on 1st May.

Root further reasoned that the County Championship will be a great opportunity for the players to put their names forward for selection.

“The great thing about the County Championship and this time of the season is that it is a great opportunity for the guys to put their hands up and give themselves the best chance for the selectors to pick them,” Root added.

“As part of the side that’s what you want to see - guys scoring runs, taking wickets and putting you under pressure.

“Seeing the depth that we’ve got as a country, hopefully that will stand u in good stead and keep everyone looking to improve and take our side forward.”

Giving his views on the helmet ruling of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Root feels that the players should adopt the rule and move on.

Root went on to state that players like Alastair Cook will not need long to adjust to the new helmets but admitted that the change will be frustrating for those who have played a large chunk of their career with the old style helmets.

“The rules are the rules and you have to get over it now,” he said.

“There’s no point moaning about it.

“That’s what’s happened and it’s obviously going to be a little frustrating for a few guys who have been used to playing in a certain way and stuff but if that’s the way it’s got to go; we have to get to grips with it pretty quickly.

“It’s good to see Alastair go and do that [score an unbeaten century] and it won’t take him long to adjust even though it must be quite frustrating if you’ve been used to that for your whole career.

“But it’s time to move on I suppose if they are the laws that are going to be put in place.”

In the 2014 Test series against Sri Lanka, Root emerged as the highest run getter for England with 259 runs from two matches, including an unbeaten double century at Lord’s.

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