Joe Root’s response to the selection of David Malan in the playing XI
While participating in a virtual news conference, Joe Root said emphatically that Saqib Mahmood “couldn’t be in a better position to possibly play Test cricket.” Take a look at how far he has come in the past couple of years, across all of the different platforms. He has been outstanding and a standout bowler this year, taking advantage of the chances that have been presented to him.” The English skipper went on to say, “He came out of that one-day series (against Pakistan) as arguably the most seasoned player and the go-to seamer that Ben (Stokes) turned to when the pressure was on.” It simply goes to show how far he has gone, and it is wonderful to see his strength and depth, as well as his development over a period of time, as he has done now.”
“Dawid Malan will give us a lot of experience in that top three, not necessarily in terms of international experience in Test cricket,” Root remarked in response to Dawid Malan’s selection. Over the course of his career, though, he has amassed a significant amount of international cricket experience, has handled pressure, and has played red-ball cricket. He has had tremendous success in all of these areas. We are well aware that he is capable of great things in Test cricket.” India will go into the third and final test at Headingley with a commanding 1-0 lead in the three-match series.