England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler on Saturday said that Joe Root is a very hard player to bowl dot balls against and the Test skipper has a brilliant game against spin. India and England are set to face off in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. The first two games of the four-Test series will be played in Chennai before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the last two Test matches.
“Joe was in fantastic form in Sri Lanka, he has always had a brilliant game to play spin bowling. He is one of the best exponents of the sweep shot and he picks length brilliantly. It is a big strength when playing spin, he is very hard to bowl dot balls at. He scores quickly against spin and he has so many shots, he manages to rotate strike.
“He did that fantastically well in Sri Lanka, the biggest thing about him was the hunger shown by him to bat for long periods. He showed great application both mentally and tactically. He is in great form and it is a great place for him to be at just at the start of the year,” said Buttler while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
England defeated Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series this month. Joe Root was in impeccable form as he registered a double-century in the first Test, and followed it up with a 186-run knock in the second Test.
When ANI asked Buttler about whether fast bowler Jofra Archer would be the biggest X-factor for England in the Test series, he replied: “Jofra Archer is certainly an X-factor player, it is fantastic to have Jofra back into the side, he would be excited to do well in this series. We have a few guys who can do quite amazing things with the ball. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are two of the best to play this game, Jofra is a huge X-factor and Ben Stokes is a pretty good X-factor player as well.”
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all the members — except Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Rory Burns — are undergoing quarantine. Stokes, Archer and Burns, who arrived in India before the rest the squad, began their training on Saturday.
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