Joe Root might be missing the first Test against the West Indies, starting on July 8, due to the birth of his child but the regular England Test captain says that he has been working on several aspects of his game during the lockdown.
Root informed that he has ironed out a few technical flaws during the break. “I just tried to make the best use of this time. Generally, you don’t get an opportunity in international cricket to have an extended period of time to work on certain aspects of your game. It’s about mental adjustments between the series because you are jumping from one format to the other. But this time, I had plenty of time and I could break down my skills and work on ironing out technical flaws,” Root said in a FB Live Chat leading up to the series which will be broadcast on Sony Sports Network.
Asked whether he found the hand-eye co-ordination a bit rusty upon returning to nets, Root said: “I was actually surprised how well my first nets went. The only thing you have to get used to is the pace of the game again. That’s something which will come once you start playing. Getting back into the rhythm and feel that there is a flow in my movements will be crucial. This is what I have been trying to do in the last couple of weeks. And it has got gradually better and better with every passing day.”
As a captain, the 29-year-old said that he had the responsibility to keep his teammates motivated during the lockdown. “I have tried to do some batting at home and it was quite challenging. It was quite harsh to ask my wife to give me some throwdowns. But then it was about being mentally prepared for some international series because you didn’t know when the next opportunity was going to come. From the captain’s point of view, I had to keep the other guys ready and prepared,” he asserted.