Captain Joe Root said Thursday that England wants to conjure a perfect farewell for Alastair Cook in the final test, where a victory will also send a strong statement to the world. Root said Cook had informed him of his retirement decision in Southampton and that this would not be a distraction before or during the fifth test. "It will be a very emotional week for him and for many of the guys who have played a lot of cricket with him, it will be a great loss for our wardrobe, but I am delighted that he had the opportunity to enjoy this game.
"My main goal has been to make sure we win this game, it has been an area that we have not faced in the past and to beat the number one in the world and have the 4-1 send us a very strong statement from where we are in a team and where we want to go as a team, I would summarize a good summer of cricket in difficult conditions, "Root said on the eve of the final test.
The captain of England said that Cook does not want too much fuss about his retirement day, but if there was ever a time for that, "it is now". "We have nothing planned per se, but I'm sure we're going to do something spontaneously, I'm sure the terrain, the occasion and everyone involved will also help him do it right, I do not think it's a distraction, but a motivation for him. It means a lot to the whole wardrobe and they will be desperate to do everything possible to give you a big farewell.
"It's been an outstanding race, 12 years at the top of the order, to have a record like that is a feat, especially under these conditions for most, there are not many starters around the world who can match that, never mind English players. it's going to be very difficult to replace it. " Asked if he had tried to change Cook's way of thinking, Root said: "I was a bit surprised, but he stood firm in his decision." You could see on his face that that was what he wanted and he had obviously thought about it and I had read about that, when you have that impression of someone, there was no point in trying to convince him. "
Speaking about Cook's impact on him and about English cricket, the skipper said: "I remember that someone entered the team and made it look very easy from the beginning to the beginning of the game, obviously a bit later." Australia that summer / winter in which he won 730 odd races. I managed to get to a couple of games where he hit him everywhere. Simply phenomenal, "he said.
The hosts have named their eleven playing without any change. Jonny Bairstow will keep the grounds again with Moeen Ali scheduled to hit at number three. Root will bat in number four and said the competition for staying between Bairstow and Jos Buttler is healthy. "Jonny has been the custodian of the test for a long time and he has done a fantastic job, it is not a reflection of the way Jos did things in the last game, but in the long term, you watch the schedule of all international cricket. In all formats, and sharing that workload could be really key in terms of keeping everyone fresh and ready and at the top of their game.
England have already taken an irreproachable advantage of 3-1 in the series. Coming from the defeats in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the draw with Pakistan in early summer, the captain said he would like to move forward with this series.
"The victory has given me great confidence and I feel that I have grown as a captain and I hope it can continue," he concluded.
(With the PTI entries)