Joe Root pleased with England's performances in home series against South Africa and West Indies

Joe Root had a fantastic start to his Test captaincy
Joe Root had a fantastic start to his Test captaincy
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England skipper Joe Root expressed satisfaction over his team's performance during the home Test series against South Africa and West Indies.

In the series against South Africa, Root's men won the opening game comfortably but surrendered the second Test at Trent Bridge, losing by a 340-run margin. However, they bounced back with huge wins of 239 and 177 runs in the final two games to go on to win the series 3-1.

Similar to the previous series, England had won and lost a game each in the first two Tests against West Indies but proved their dominance in the final game at Lord's where they registered a nine wicket win to take the series 3-1.

"There were two difficult weeks, but what is most pleasing is the resilience and character to come back from both of those with two extra strong performances," said Root speaking about the team's ability to bounce back from defeats against South Africa and West Indies.

"I‘m happy with the way the whole group is shaping up. Guys have stepped up and taken their games forward,” Root told the British media.

"There’s plenty of challenges ahead but, with those, is a great opportunity. We shouldn’t be afraid of going over there and, if we perform at our best, doing something really special."

England's next Test series will be in Australia where they lock horns with their Ashes rivals in a five match Test series and head coach Trevor Bayliss admitted that they are unlikely to experiment with new faces in the all-important clash.

"We are not 100 percent (sure) on who we want," Australian Bayliss said.

"But I am sure when we sit down in a week or two to discuss that squad from a batting point of view... batters that have played for us in the last 12-18 months.

"We are going there to win. We are not going to make up the numbers."

England and West Indies will play with a solitary Twenty20 International that will be followed by five-match One-Day International series from 16th September.

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