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England will go for a win - Joe Root

England will go for a win - Joe Root
Joe Root has stated that England will make a strong attempt to chase down the mammoth target set for them on the final day against New Zealand at Headingley.
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England vice-captain Joe Root has stated that his side will make a strong attempt to chase down the mammoth target set for them on the final day against New Zealand at Headingley.

Chasing an improbable 455 to win, England were 44 without losing a wicket before rain robbed play on the fourth day.

England need another 411 runs from a minimum of 98 overs which is a massive task but Root isn’t worried about the challenge ahead.

"There is quite a bit of work to do but we've got an opportunity to do something special," said Root.

"Obviously, rain coming, in a way, has made things a little bit harder for us because we've got every intention of going out tomorrow with a view to win the game.

"That obviously means we've got less time to do that now."

England’s highest successful run-chase in Tests stretches back to 1928 when they got past the target of 332 against Australia.

If Alastair Cook’s men manage to win the Headingley Test, it will be a world record for the highest successful chase in Tests overtaking West Indies’ pursuit of 418 against Australia in 2003 in Antigua.

With the series at stake, England are expected to play it safe especially with inclement weather around but Root denied the assumptions.

The 24-year-old while heaping praises on his teammates sounded confident of England’s ability to create history on the final day.

"At least one person is obviously going to have to stand up and play a really important innings.

“You look around that changing room and one to 11 they are match-winners really.

"I think (we need to) just go out there and look at that first hour and make sure we get as much from that.

“The best start possible will give us the best opportunity of setting the chase up."

England’s highest successful run-chase at Headingley is 315 which they achieved against Australia during the 2001 Ashes series.

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