|Published : 20 Sep 2016, 21:24:33|
Root takes time over B’desh tour decision
Joe Root has admitted that he thought long and hard before deciding to make himself available for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
"It was a very difficult decision," admitted the 25-year-old vice-captain before committing himself to the two-Test series in the sub-continent.
One-day international captain Eoin Morgan, and Test and one-day opener Alex Hales both opted not to tour because of security fears, and Root confessed: "I took a lot of time to think about it, and you have to respect the decisions of any players who decide not to go.
"I listened to the views of Reg Dickason (ECB security director) and spoke to my family about it before deciding to go."
Root, who has been rested for the initial three one-day internationals in Bangladesh early next month, said: "They are a very strong side and have some very good players and we will need to play well to beat them in their home conditions, according to Telegraph & Argus.
"It is important that countries like England go to Bangladesh, and Test cricket is good at the moment.
"Pakistan are world No 1 in the rankings but all of the top six or seven Test nations are capable of beating each other.
"For example, we beat Sri Lanka at home earlier this summer, and they then went home and comfortably defeated Australia.
"But it is our ambition to get to No 1, and we can definitely take some inspiration from how well Great Britain have done in the Olympics and the Paralympics, and the drive and determination that the British competitors have shown."