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Joe Root wants England to defy odds by performing well in India

Joe Root wants England to defy odds by performing well in India
Joe Root admits England need to be play spin better to conquer Indian challenge.
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England vice captain Joe Root wants his team to prove critics wrong by performing well in the spin friendly conditions in the upcoming five-match Test series in India.

In the recent tour of Bangladesh, England lost their first ever Test to the Asian country during the second Test in Dhaka, which also allowed the home side to level the series 1-1.

England batsmen were found wanting against the spin combination of Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan, who shared the 10 wickets between them in the second innings as England were dismissed for 164 despite being 100 for naught at one stage.

With England now lining up to face the world number one team India, many pundits have written England off but Root wants his team to perform well in the tour.

"I wouldn't say scarred. We're respectful of some decent bowling in some spin-friendly conditions.

"We are not naive enough to think we will not come up against similar conditions over here, but I think it's very important that we take the confidence from the good stuff we did out there and brush up on all the other stuff that didn't quite go to plan.

"India pose a big threat, we've just got to make sure we prepare very well and try and prove a lot of people wrong that we can perform extremely well on this tour."

Root also added that England played "good cricket" in Bangladesh considering most of the players were exposed to such a wicket for the first time in their career.

"It's making sure you try and learn some of the lessons of that mad hour-and-a-half, but at the same time understand that it's a completely new challenge, new surfaces and we played some really good cricket over there as well as that".

The five-match Test series between England and India will kick-off with the first game in Rajkot on 9th November.

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