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I was desperate to contribute to us winning: admits Joe Root after stellar ton

The England Test captain admitted that confidence gained from facing Kuldeep will help in Test matches should the youngster find a place in the playing XI.

Reported by: PTI, London [ Updated: July 15, 2018 11:59 IST ]
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Joe Root celebrates his century in the 2nd ODI.

Joe Root had faced only four deliveries from Kuldeep Yadav before being dismissed twice in earlier games and his primary aim during the second ODI against India was to "pick as many cues as possible" while facing the left-arm wrist-spinner, who has created quite an impression in the English ranks.

The best part about Root's hundred was his assured batting against the chinaman, which is a big positive for England going into the five-match Test series. (India tour of England Full Coverage)

"For me, having not faced a lot of Kuldeep for example, it was about picking as many cues up as possible throughout and makes sure I don't get caught in the cold in Leeds if I start against spin," Root said at the post-match press conference.

"I have only faced four balls against him in the last couple of games. But ultimately you have got to trust your game and your technique. I felt that the four balls I did face, I thought I was picking him okay.

"So it was more about spending some time out there and trusting the way I play spin. I haven't faced much of his type of bowling but having a few overs under my belt gave me quite a lot of confidence," Root said after his 12th ODI hundred ensured a comfortable 86-run win for England.

For Root, playing Kuldeep is a learning process rather looking forward to the Test series.

"You are always trying to learn as a player and always trying to pick things up when you next play someone, whether individuals or a team. I don't think it is about looking too far forward in terms of Test cricket just yet with the game on Tuesday," he said.

However, the England Test captain admitted that confidence gained from facing Kuldeep will help in Test matches should the youngster find a place in the playing XI. 

"Again on the turning surface, you make sure you are playing in the right manner and working things out. It might work out if he (Kuldeep) is in Test squad and it could hold me in good stead. Ultimately it is about making sure when we come to the Headingley game, we are ready and prepared for that," he said.

Root feels that while playing Kuldeep, he trusted his technique that has given him results for all these years. (Also Read: Regrettable that people jump to conclusions so quickly: Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni​)

"You have got to make sure that you stay strong and trust the stuff you have been doing well for such a long period of time. So I was pleased with the way I went about today. Most importantly, we sit here 1-1 in the series and have got a great opportunity in Leeds," he added.

Having failed in the opening ODI and in the T20Is before that, Root was desperate to make a significant contribution in his team's winning cause.

"I was desperate to contribute to us winning. Today was an opportunity to do that and I managed to pull through. As a group, we were quite smart about how we got to a good total. We didn't go too hard too early. The way Eoin Morgan played followed by Dave (Willey) was perfect," Root said.

He was happy that they read the pitch well and showed ruthless professionalism.

"The surface was going to deteriorate quite quickly and we had the better (chance) of batting on it. But later, the way we went about it with the ball was outstanding. The ruthless side of this (England) ODI team came out today and that was something you have seen more and more of. Hopefully, we can back it up and finish the series strong now," he added.

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