England captain Joe Root aims to draw inspiration from India’s Gabba robbery in January this year ahead of the Ashes. Root, who is going on his third tour of Australia, believes India’s breach of the fortress suggests England can accomplish it as well.
As such, Australia lost a Test match in Brisbane for the first time since 1988 earlier this year, as India upset them to win the series. In the absence of most of their important players, Tim Paine and his team were unable to defend a tough score of 329 in the fourth innings.
“Look at that India team that won at the Gabba. They were a long way from their first-choice XI but they had no fear, they stood up to Australia and won crucial parts of that Test. It will give every player in our squad a huge amount of confidence and just plant a little bit of doubt in Australia’s mind having to go back there and play again for the first time against us, what with it being such a stronghold for them for such a long period of time. We now know that it’s not.” he said
India were nowhere near fielding their first-choice players, according to Joe Root, but he believes they won the crucial moments. India also demonstrated that beating the hosts is not difficult at the location, according to Root.
The last time England won in Brisbane was during a victorious visit in 1986. Root, who led the side in the first Test of the series at the site in 2017, was dismissed for a ten-wicket loss.
“Some of the balls Johnson bowled, what separates it from other difficult passages of play was within that you found yourself playing shots you didn’t expect. Your body would do things you’ve spent your whole career training not to. In my first innings at Brisbane, first ball, I had a massive drive, thick edge for three. Second ball another massive drive.” He said
“And I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing?’ This is not how I want to play. I looked behind and there are five slips, I know exactly what he’s trying to do, how he’s going to get me out. The next ball, a bouncer. The next ball, a massive drive caught at third slip.” Root added
Therefore, Root had a strong season in 2021, collecting 1455 runs in 12 Tests at an average of 66.14. Thus, To become the highest run-getter in Tests in a calendar year, the right-handed batter needs 333 more runs.