Newly-appointed England Test skipper Joe Root believes that his side has what it takes to win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be played in England in June this year. Root, who has been a crucial member of the One-Day International (ODI) format’s side led by Eoin Morgan, expressed his opinion recently. The ICC Champions Trophy will take place in England, which enhances the home side’s chances quite a bit. Root was of the opinion that England have played some great cricket in past year or so and now the time is right for them to reach for their ambitions and be very hungry for more. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: All team squads
Speaking in an interview to Sky Sports News HQ, Root said, “Absolutely. We have been playing some great cricket over the last couple of years and we keep progressing all the time. We are by no means the finished article and we are very ambitious, very hungry.”
Root further added, “We feel we have now got to a place where we feel we can compete consistently against the best sides in the world. It is probably one of the strongest sides I have been involved in. It has got great depth in all departments and that is really exciting.”
England kick-off their Champions Trophy prep with a two-match ODI series versus Ireland. “We have got some really important games coming up and we need to make sure we keep looking to drive home wins and keep building confidence that way,” Root quipped.
England recently announced their 15-man squad that sees the return of Mark Wood. “The thing you get with Woody is raw pace,” said Root. “He is obviously very talented; you have seen over the last couple of years what he is capable of. He has the ability to go through sides in the middle overs, when it can be very difficult to take wicket,” Root explained, before signing-off with, “It is really exciting to see him back playing and hopefully he can be really successful in the coming months.”