Root aiming to strike back

07 September 2021 21:38:48 GMTPlus11
Joe Root is hopeful ahead of Old Trafford finale

England captain Joe Root is convinced his side will hit back from the disappointment of their defeat in the fourth Test against India and square the series at Old Trafford.

The hosts are 2.62 to level the five-match series in Manchester, while India are 3.60 to win the series 3-1 and the draw is available at 2.50, with the series finale starting on Friday.

We're capable of turning things around very quickly.

Joe Root

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England were strong favourites to take a 2-1 lead into the final showdown when they dismissed Virat Kohli's side for 191 in their first innings, but they were unable to press home their advantage, scoring 290 themselves.

They were eventually set a target of 368 to win, but were a massive dismissed 157 runs short.

Root will be hoping Jos Buttler is available after he missed the match to be at the birth of his second child.

Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer are injured and all-rounder Ben Stokes continues to take a break for the game and a late decision will be taken on the fitness of England's all-time leading wicket-taker, James Anderson.

The 39-year-old has played in all six Tests played so far this summer and could be rested.

Root hopeful of recovery

Root hopes his team will be inspired by the fact they bounced back from a defeat at Lord's to claim an innings victory at Headingley in the third Test.

He said: "We're capable of turning things around very quickly.

"We don't have long to dwell on it. We can get straight back out there at Old Trafford and put some wrongs right.

"We've got to look at how we responded from Lord's and the performance we put in at Headingley. There's every confidence we can go to Old Trafford and get a win."

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