Joe Root confident about tackling Mitchell Johnson

Joe Root confident about tackling Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson (left) celebrating the dismissal of Joe Root (right) in the second Test at Lord's.
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England batsman, Joe Root, expressed confidence about England’s preparedness to tackle Mitchell Johnson's threat in the third Ashes Test, which kicks off on 29th July at Edgbaston.

Johnson, who wrecked England with his bowling in the Ashes clean sweep of 2013-14, seemed to get his mojo back in the second test, where he picked up six wickets in the game.

Root opined that the angle from which Johnson bowls is what troubles most batsmen, while stating that it can be tackled by working hard with confidence.

“He comes at a different angle, he’s got a lower arm than a lot of other guys. It’s something that’s quite hard to emulate in practice," said Root to Sky Sports.

“So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to face him you have to knuckle down, you try and get as close to it when you are working at your game and give yourself the most confidence possible for when you get back out there.” 

Root has been England’s highest run-scorer in the ongoing Ashes with 212 runs under his belt, at an average of 53 with one hundred and a fifty.

Citing the example of the Cardiff Test, Root stated that the key to tackling Johnson is by putting him under pressure by playing positively against him.

“You look at Cardiff and he got two wickets for 180 runs so it’s not that we can’t do it.

“We’ve proven that we can this series and it’s about making sure that whenever we get out there to bat we look to put him under pressure, look to score and take the game away from him while we can.” 

The 405-run defeat against Australia in the Lord’s Test has prompted England to make a few changes in their batting line-up, while bringing in Jonny Bairstow for Gary Ballance.

Root dismissed the notion that these changes will unsettle England, further adding that building partnerships was the key to put pressure on the opposition.

With his eyes fixed on the Edgbaston Test, Root was eager to give back to Australia what England felt at the end of the second Test match.

“It is quite irrelevant really, it is about making sure that when we get out there, we do everything we can to build partnerships and get some big scores and put them under pressure.

“Look at what we did at Cardiff, it was a great performance. It is all about this week now, making sure that when we get an opportunity to get ahead in the game, we take it.

“We know the feeling we had at Lord’s and we will try and put it back to Australia.” 

In the third Test at Edgbaston, England’s batting order will see Ian Bell bat at number three, while Root will take up the number four spot for only the second time in his career.  

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