London: England Test skipper Joe Root says it is time that they set apart the a good deal-debated rotation coverage to discipline the most powerful viable groups in opposition to India and later withinside the Ashes in order to compete for the WTC name rather than looking the marquee contest on TV.
England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rotation coverage have become a warm subject matter in global cricket after they did now no longer journey to India with their complete electricity squad in advance this yr and misplaced the collection 1-2 to were given out of the WTC very last race.
The new cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) will start with the 5 Test collection among India and England from four August in Nottingham.
Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood did not compete in the first two Tests against India but took field in the fourth test. Their first-choice keeper Jos Buttler also returned home after the series-opener.
Root is hoping it won’t be same story this time.
“We have ten very hard Test matches against two brilliant opposition coming up but it is a great opportunity for us to play some strong cricket and if everyone is fit and available we will have a good team ourselves.”
Root contended that the tough series against India will be ideal preparation for the Ashes and therefore they need to have the best players available.
“I’d like to think that, over the next five Test matches, we’ll be trying to play our strongest side or have our strongest squad available for those games. This is, I suppose, what you do it for: to ready yourself for this lead-in and for in particular that Ashes. To make sure everyone’s peaking for that, and these big games.
“Watching the WTC final and not being part of it, it makes you want to be a part of something quite special like that.
We have an opportunity now to go a bit further and better than we did the first time out. I’m looking forward to hopefully starting well with a full squad of players to pick from.”
Many former England cricketers including Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Michael Vaughan had flayed the ECB for not fielding their best side for an important series against India.
Another issue that worried Root was that the players are allowed to travel to Australia with their families.
It is understood that it would depend largely on Cricket Australia since they have to get exemptions and if they fail to procure that, ECB will be forced to continue with their rotation policy to keep giving players enough family time.
“I really hope the families will be in Australia. It’s a really important aspect of that tour. With the amount of cricket that we’ve got it’s going to be really important that that is the case.
“I can’t give you an answer. It’s not something I know as fact or not as yet, but I’m very hopeful that will be the case.”