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England vs Pakistan 2020: Joe Root Sees Potential for England to Claim Top Ranking

England vs Pakistan 2020: Joe Root Sees Potential for England to Claim Top Ranking

England lost their opening test of their home season to West Indies, but followed that with two victories to claim the series, and then beat Pakistan in the first test by a narrow three wickets.

  • Reuters
  • Updated: August 20, 2020, 10:21 PM IST

England captain Joe Root says the current group of players have the potential to become the number one test team in the world as he urged his team mates to finish their home summer with a win against Pakistan in the third test at the Rose Bowl on Friday.

England lost their opening test of their home season to West Indies, but followed that with two victories to claim the series, and then beat Pakistan in the first test by a narrow three wickets.

The second test at the same venue ended in a draw after persistent rain ruined the contest, and so there is still a job to do to complete the series win.

"We know we are not the finished article, we know we have challenges and hurdles to overcome, and things we need to get better at if we want to be the number one team in the world," Root told reporters on Thursday.

"But I can certainly see this group of players going on to do that.

"We have got a great group of bowlers now that we feel cover a number of different surfaces and challenges wherever we go in the world. That is an exciting place to be."

England's bowlers have largely risen to the occasion this summer, but they have been less impressive with the bat, passing 320 only twice in the previous five tests.

"With the competition that is there, people have to keep proving their worth in the team. That is not just the bowlers, but the batters as well. We need to make sure we are driving the standards up all the time," Root added.

England will only decide on the morning of the test whether to go with an all seam attack, or select spinner Dom Bess, who has been used sparingly in the summer to date.

"We have not settled on an XI yet, it is so hard to tell with that wicket right now," Root said.

"It has been mostly under cover for the last week, and with the sun finally out and a bit of wind, it could change drastically over the course of today.

"So we want to keep everything on the table and then make a strong call tomorrow."



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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