Joe Root confirms England’s controversial rest and rotation policy will FINALLY be ‘behind us’ when they face India later this summer… with Test captain to have first choice on best players ahead of five-match series against Virat Kohli’s men
- Joe Root’s side have already lost in India and at home to New Zealand this year
- But he will finally have first choice on England’s best players for their next Tests
- The five-match Test series against India begins at Trent Bridge on August 4
- That takes place ahead of England’s supposed peak at the Ashes Down Under
England will finally draw a line under the flawed rest and rotation policy that has already undermined their Ashes challenge when Joe Root gets his best side to face India.
The Test captain will try to make up for time lost already this year in defeat in India and at home against New Zealand when he will belatedly have first choice of all England’s best players for a series that starts at Trent Bridge on August 4.
Root was speaking ahead of Thursday’s second one-day international against Sri Lanka at the Oval but his thoughts quickly focused on the business end of the summer and a five-Test series against India ahead of England’s supposed peak at the Ashes.
Joe Root has confirmed England will finally draw a line under the rest and rotation policy ahead of the series against India this summer
The Test captain (right) will try to make up for time lost already this year in defeat in India and at home against New Zealand
‘We are coming into a period now when rest and rotation will be behind us,’ said Root, who guided England home in Tuesday’s first ODI at Durham with an unbeaten 79.
‘If everyone is fit we will have our best team available for 10 very hard Tests against two brilliant opponents and that’s something to really look forward to.
‘This, I guess, is what you do it for, to ready yourself for the lead in to Australia and in particular the Ashes itself. We want to make sure players peak for the really big games.’
England’s choices should include Ben Stokes, who is expected to return from a broken finger for the T20 series against Pakistan this month and Jos Buttler, who is spending the rest of the white-ball international summer recovering from a calf injury.
He will belatedly have first choice of all England’s best players for a series against Virat Kohli’s men
England’s choices should include allrounder Ben Stokes (left) and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler
But there remains the obstacle of a lack of red-ball practice for them and England’s misfiring top order ahead of that big date in Nottingham, partly because of the ECB’s gamble in staging the Hundred in peak summer later this month.
And big names like Stokes, Buttler and, if he has recovered from elbow surgery, Jofra Archer will be expected to play in the opening matches of a largely unwanted new format the governing body cannot afford to fail.
‘Regardless of the format going out there and making bug runs time and again puts you in a good place,’ insisted Root. ‘It fills you with confidence and can carry over to other cricket.’
Root hopes to use the remaining two 50-over games against Sri Lanka and then three against Pakistan to launch his last attempt to earn a place in England’s squad for October’s Twenty20 World Cup.
‘I am desperate to play for England across all formats as much as I can,’ he added. ‘It’s not always easy to do that but I will just have to score as many runs as I can.’
Jofra Archer will also be expected to play if he has recovered from elbow surgery in time