WI vs ENG: Throughout game, we got better and better, says Joe Root
WI vs ENG: England Test captain Joe Root praised his team’s effort in the first Test against the West Indies, which finished in a draw at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
England piled on 132 runs in the morning session, with Joe Root scoring his 24th Test century in the process. And, with to an aggressive declaration, West Indies just had a little more than two sessions to survive, with a target of 286 looking improbable.
“I am really proud of the team today, throughout the week actually. From that first hour, we found ourselves in a tricky spot. The character that we showed, the skill level, the calm nature especially at the backdrop of the previous tour, to not panic and get ourselves back in the game. Was a brilliant innings from Jonny,” said Joe Root in the post-match presentation.
With only five deliveries remaining on the day, Root chose to shake hands with the West Indies, who were at 147/4, levelling the series after the first Test.
“Throughout the game, we got better and better. On a very docile wicket, Leach was great. I can’t fault any of the efforts. On that sort of wicket, extra pace and reverse is exactly what you want. It’s disappointing but it’s not Mark’s fault. We have to assess how he is when we get to Barbados and see from there,” he added.
“I am expecting another brilliant Test match. Really looking forward to it. The support we’ve had throughout this game, it’s been so good to see English fans travelling again and enjoying themselves,” he continued.
The teams will head to Barbados for the second Test, which will begin on Wednesday at the Kensington Oval.