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Eng vs Australia: ‘100 likely on the cards’ says Joe Root

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Apart from his own batting form and of Malan’s, nothing seems to be going right for the English captain. England team need to be right on spot for Melbourne regarding their team selection, batting, and bowling. Speaking about his form, Root says that his conversation rate has been good this year and he expects a hundred in Melbourne, his first on the Australian soil but admits that is “a brave thing to say”

England had suffered mostly losses this year but Root has been able to lead from the front in batting. The batsman has scored in excess of 1600 runs in the calendar year and has almost eight unconverted half-centuries on Australian soil.

England is likely to overhaul their team with four changes, one of which includes Zak Crawley in the place of under-fire Rory Burns or Haseeb Hameed. Jack Leach is likely to be given a chance. The spinner was wrongly selected on the green track in Brisbane and with England’s 147 runs in the first innings, did not have much leverage to put pressure on The Australian batsman. He wasn’t selected for the spin-friendly Adelaide pitch where critics believed he could have been more potent.

Joe root ditched his calm demeanor during the after-match interviews and said that the bowlers weren’t onto the mark. Mark Wood stated in his column later that the captain and coach had a stern word with almost the entire team, something which was necessary considering the sub-standard show that England have put on in the first two test matches.

Australia will be riding high with confidence from the victories. Their batsmen have shown their familiarity with the home conditions but were also aided by the English bowlers on a no. of occasions with no-balls, drop catches, and back-of-a-length bowling. England will be breathing a sigh of relief as Hazelwood will be left out again due to his side strain and Mitchell Starc is also doubtful for the third test.

There is plenty of motivation for the group and we are doing everything we can to make sure it is 2-1 by the time we leave here. If we perform anywhere like we can do, we’ll put them in an uncomfortable position, we’ll push back and we’ll find ourselves in a very different situation leaving this ground.” said Root

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Australia: Scott Boland, Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne , Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

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