England have ‘strong plans in place’ for Virat Kohli – Joe Root

Joe Root

“Criticism against Rashid hasn’t affected us. He’s gone about his business as he has all summer and how he does it in the one-day side. He looks like he’s bowling extremely well and hopefully he can transfer that out in the middle now,” said Root on the eve of the first Test against India.

Root also confirmed that he had backed Rashid’s selection in his capacity as the leader of the team and then the nature of the pitch in Birmingham led to the Yorkshireman getting in the XI.

Obviously I was in favour of the selection, and I think it gives us a really great attacking spinning option. In terms of the criticism, people are entitled to their opinions and can voice what they want. I probably think it’s slightly unfair but that’s my opinion,” said Root.

“From our perspective, we’d love similar form, but we know how good a player he is and what he is capable of. He’s come a long way in the last few years in this format in particular,” said Root.

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