Root, who has led England in 21 Tests, averages 51.04 with the bat which reduces to 46.80 as captain.
Root, who has led England in 21 Tests, averages 51.04 with the bat which reduces to 46.80 as captain.

England‘s Test captain Joe Root believes his batting has not been affected by the additional responsibility of being a captain, in response to Australian legend Shane Warne’s comment that Jos Buttler should take over from Root, so as the Yorkshireman can concentrate on his batting.

“No, not at all. I think this summer, batting at three was probably playing on my mind more than anything else,”Root told Sky Sports on being asked about Warne’s comment.

Root, who has led England in 21 Tests, averages 51.04 with the bat which reduces to 46.80 as captain. Moreover, just three of his 14 Test hundreds have come as skipper. While players of the likes of Steve Smith and Virat Kohli have blossomed as batsmen after taking over their respective team’s captaincy, Root has found limited success.

But the skipper was quick to add that conditions have been tough to bat for the top-order at home, referring to the recently concluded India series, which England won 4-1.

“Obviously the surfaces we have been playing on have been very difficult at the top of the order. When it’s high-quality seam bowling like both sides had, it made it very difficult,he said, adding, “ There’s always going to be question marks if you’re not scoring the runs that you have in the past or that you would like to.”

Root though is confident that he would carry him form, that saw his hit a century in the final Test against India at the Oval, to the Sri Lanka series.

“I feel like I overcame that at the back-end of the series getting the hundred in the last Test and now I am ready to kick on. It’s a new challenge on these surfaces. There’ll be a lot more spin, reverse-swing might come into it. It will be a different style of Test cricket. I think more than anything it is about reacting to that, making sure we are prepared going into it but ultimately switching on very quickly to the different scenarios we find ourselves in,” he added.