Joe Root dismisses concerns that England captaincy is affecting his batting

Skipper Joe Root has ignored suggestions that captaincy is currently affecting his batting ahead of England’s bid to level the Ashes series.
Root, 28, averages 30.87 in the series prior to the fifth and last Test also has yet to score a hundred, even while in contrast former Australia captain Steve Smith has chalked up 671 runs in 134.20.
Before he shot more than Alastair Cook in February 2017, Root averaged 52.80 using the bat, but that figure has fallen to 40.90 since — a duck in each of the last three Ashes Tests contributing to a 2-1 series deficit.
But when requested by Sky Sports when he believes the captaincy affects his batting, Root said:»No. It has been a difficult season for batting on either side. Needless to say, I’ve not performed because I would have liked but that is a part and parcel of Test cricket.
«You’ve got to keep trying to discover ways of counter-acting difficult passages of play and decent bowling. I’ll continue trying to work on that and try to improve my game.»
Out-going head coach Trevor Bayliss defended Root’s captaincy on Wednesday, saying:»He has not encounter question from anyone making any conclusions. He’s under no pressure in any way.»
Root stressed that he is focussed on attempting to procure a win before embarking on which he expects will be successful winter excursions of South Africa and New Zealand.
He said:»In terms of my captaincy, I understand the direction I want to take this group ahead and it’s about starting that now rather than following this series — trying to be certain we utilize this as a stepping stone; win this match and then have a very strong winter and then move ahead as a group.»
Australia go into the Test using kept the Ashes and ruler Tim Paine says his side have no intention of using a string win — the tourists calling Mitchell Marsh for Travis Head up.
England have made two changes of their own using Sam Curran and Chris Woakes returning at opener Jason Roy and seamer Craig Overton’s expense, and Root says that the hosts are determined to end the summer on a winning note.
«We have not missed anything yet,» he said. «Obviously, we’re disappointed not to win the Ashes back but we are completely focused on making certain we do all we can to finish the series 2-2.
«We’ve got a chance to level this string and make it marginally better than it appears right now. That is the complete attention of this group so we have got to make sure that we win this game.
«And there is the Evaluation Championship points to perform for as well, which the line can make a massive difference, so there’s plenty to play for.»
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