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Joe Root has been England’s highest run-scorer in the series and will want to end well Getty Images

Amidst cyclone and the unfortunate passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, the fifth and final Test between India and England begins on Friday at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk, Chennai. With the series already in India’s grasp, visitors will look to put up a good show to end the series on a high. Nonetheless, both the sides are facing difficulties with training being called off due to cyclone tension. Among all this hullabaloo, Joe Root has come up with a unique way of practicing ahead of the Chennai Test.

Root, who has 397 runs under his belt in the series, was seen practicing on the streets of Chennai with a tennis ball. He was wearing all his equipments and practicing playing on the backfoot to prepare himself on another tricky track on offer. The Chepauk wicket is expected to turn from Day Two or Day Three. The turf will be on the slower side with a hint of bounce and adequate spin. Root’s performance will be essential for the tourists if they have to stage any sort of fight on a dead rubber. England Cricket’s official Twitter handle shared this video of Root batting on Chennai’s streets.

The five-Test series began at Rajkot which ended in a draw while England lost plot in the following matches. Starting well in the series opener, they were expected to fight hard but that did not happen. England lost the battle against India at Visakhapatnam by 246 runs. They were again on the wrong side by losing at Mohali and Mumbai by huge margins. England lost the third Test by 8 wickets whereas were beaten in the Wankhede Stadium by an innings and 36 runs.

They have a decent record at Chepauk with 3 wins and 4 losses but will still have their task cut out to stop a rampant Indian side. No team has won a game against the hosts after trailing 0-3 and the record is expected to remain intact at Chennai.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 5th test at Chennai

Meanwhile, India have happy memories of this venue when they last met England here in 2008-09. Sachin Tendulkar’s century guided India to a successful 387-run chase. Also, in 1952, India won their first-ever Test at this very venue and the opponent was England.