Root wants "ruthless" England

01 September 2021 20:58:49 GMTPlus11
Root ready for India response

England captain Joe Root says his side must keep up their ruthless streak against India in the fourth Test of their series at The Oval.

A stunning victory at Headingley by an innings and 76 runs levelled the series for England and they can be backed at 2.10 to win the fourth Test with India 2.75 and a draw at 4.33.

An uncharacteristic Indian collapse of 78 all out set England on their way to victory at Headingley with Root displaying yet more heroics with the bat.

The Yorkshireman, playing on his home ground, scored his third century in as many matches and left to a massive ovation when he was eventually dismissed.

Despite missing a number of stars from their bowling attack, including Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer, others stepped up to the plate with Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton grabbing seven and six wickets apiece.

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It was a dismal Test for the tourists who were so impressive at Lord's in their 151-run victory earlier this month, and Root is expecting a big response from Virat Kohli's men.

"We've got to look to go even further, dig deeper and really start to go through the gears," said Root.

"A world-class side like India, led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a response. It would be naive to think otherwise. We've just got ourselves back to level and, if we find ourselves ahead of the game at any stage, we must get ruthless again."

England are missing wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler from the fourth Test due to the birth of his child, meaning Jonny Bairstow will don the gloves at The Oval.

However, pace bowler Mark Wood returns following a shoulder injury while Chris Woakes could make his first appearance this series after recovering from a heel injury.

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