Root has confidence in his team

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Root has confidence in his team

Joe Root is aware that his team does not know when they will play the next match. Coronavirus has ruined plans and the only thing left is to wait "My message to the guys today was quite simple really. We don't know when the next time is that we'll play Test cricket so let's make sure we throw everything into this week, make sure we leave no stone unturned and we give everything to each other and the badge going into this last game.

The guys have prepared really well the last couple of days. And I fully expect everyone to give everything over the next five days, and make sure we give ourselves the best chance of finishing the series 2-0."

England wants to be number 1

England is fantastic at the moment and Root believes that if they continue like this, no one will be able to match them.

"We're on an upward curve as a side and long may that continue," he said. "With the right attitude and work ethic that we've had, especially over the last year or so, then I believe the sky's the limit.

We're very realistic about where we are right now. There are things we have to keep developing and learning and getting better at, but we're all keen to make those improvements. We are capable of so much more. "We are really clear about where we are trying to get to.

Simple messages. It's quite a self-explanatory way of playing the game that we have got. It's a realistic group as well. We know they're not the finished article. We know we have challenges and hurdles to overcome and things that we want to get better at if we are going to be that number one team in the world.

But the mindset that we have and the work ethic that we have gives us the best chance of getting there. I can certainly see this group of players going on to do that." He thinks that it will be difficult for the coach to choose the players and that they are all great "They had an opportunity to play at the start of the summer together, and I'm sure it won't be the last time that they do feature together," he said.

"If it doesn't happen tomorrow then there'll be other chances for that for us to see that ahead of going to places like Australia. One thing we have got is we've got a great group of bowlers now that we feel cover a number of different surfaces, a number of different challenges wherever we go in the world and that's a really exciting place to be.