He Trusts England Rest-and-Rotation is ‘behind us’ as India and Ashes Tests Loom
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rest-and rotation policy embraced by the England cricket team seems to be a real nuisance to Joe Root. The policy, which has seen England’s management rest a few players in crucial games to avoid fatigue, has left Root captaining weakened Test teams for the past six months.
As they head into a peak season with a five-match series against India and the Ashes Tests in Australia, Root hopes to have his strongest squad in their strongest form. But, Root says, “We are coming into a period of time now where rest and rotation is put behind us,” he said.” With Covid and the amount of cricket that we’ve had, there’s been compromises made over different formats and different teams.
“We now have 10 very hard Test matches against two brilliant opposition teams, 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.
“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.”
Understandably, his frustrations seem to be prompted by their recent loss after a seven-year unbeaten home record. Root seeks to get back to first place in the global rankings, having slipped to fourth place in a congested table.
However, the team’s ability to pick a strong side lies with the Australian government. The ECB, through Cricket Australia, has requested an exemption to allow families to join the team during part of the tour. According to reports by ESPN, ECB is prepared to charter a flight to facilitate this arrangement.
Nevertheless, if this fails, it is possible that the all-format players -in particular, those participating in the T20 World Championships and the Ashes will continue being on rotation to ensure they are not kept separated from their families for too long at once.
Root said, “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.”
Conversely, Roots admits he hopes to be part of the squad competing in the T20I World Cup. He praised the current team terming it “brilliant.” He adds, “As someone that’s currently outside of it, they’re playing some wonderful cricket.”
Let’s hope his batting will win him a recall to the squad. Keep it here for more updates on your favorite teams, players, and all things cricket.