India vs England 2020-21 – Joe Root calls for ‘real squad effort’ as England signal changes from first-Test victory


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Joe Root has given the strongest hint yet that England could make multiple changes to the team that won the first Test against India.

With just three full days between games, England are juggling their plans for rotation against some injury concerns within the squad. At present, Root has confirmed two changes, with Ben Foakes set to keep wicket in place of Jos Buttler, who has returned to the UK for some rest, while Stuart Broad will also play in place of the injured Jofra Archer.

But with three more Tests to play in the next three or four weeks, Root is prepared to further test the depth of his squad and is insistent England can do so without compromising their competitiveness.

“For us to win out here, it’s going to have to be a real squad effort,” Root said. “Guys are going to have to come in and rotate. They will have to come in and be fresh and deliver when they’re given an opportunity. So there might be a few changes from the previous game.

“I look at the talent around our squad and every single one of them can play a huge part in delivering something very special over the next couple of weeks. You have to be brave enough to trust those guys that they can win you the game. That is how we are going to grow and become a better team in the long run, with guys pushing for a place all the time.”

Ben Stokes is among those nursing some soreness following the first Test, but Root appeared to confirm he will play.

“Are there any niggles within the squad? You could say that,” Root said. “There are a few things we want to make sure we are clear on.

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