In a recent interview, Joe Root expressed his readiness to bowl more if required in England’s second Ashes Test against Australia. The off-spinner Moeen Ali struggled with a cut to his spinning finger during their last match and is still being monitored before the upcoming game.
Root bowled 15 overs in the second innings at Edgbaston, one more than Moeen, picking up 1-43. He said that it’s great when you get a chance to contribute; you want to be involved and step up in big moments. According to him, he’s always ready for an opportunity to take test wickets.
Root has also taken 55 wickets with his off-breaks apart from scoring over 11K runs for England. During the previous match on a nerve-shredding final day at Birmingham, he held a stunning return catch off Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey but missed two sharp caught-and-bowled chances.
Moeen Ali’s Injury and Replacement Options:
Moeen Ali has come out of retirement and played well taking three crucial wickets during their first test against Australia. However, he spent some time off-field managing his finger injury as well. Coach Brendon McCullum hopes that Moeen will play in the second test if fit; otherwise, they could consider Will Jacks, , Rehan Ahmed or Liam Dawson as alternatives.
Another option could be to replace Moeen in the XI with an additional seamer and give more bowling responsibility to Root. During an interview, Joe Root assured that Mo will be absolutely fine and he’s just disappointed that he didn’t manage to cling on to a couple of those other ones.
Joe Root’s View on England vs. Australia:
The recent match was quite challenging for both sides, but despite England being on course for victory until Australian pair Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon added 55 runs for the ninth wicket leading the tourists towards their target of 281 points, Joe believes that it sent a strong message to Australia for rest matches.
According to him, “We just have to go and do it again at Lord’s and for three more Tests after that.” He further added “Everyone should strap in and expect the same from us. That’s what we’re about as a team. We are going to challenge and compete.”
In conclusion, fans eagerly await this exciting game between two excellent teams who’ve been playing exceptionally well within their capacities.