England batsman Joe Root says that playing in an Ashes Test at Lord’s will be a dream come true, ahead of Thursday’s clash with Australia at ‘the home of cricket’.
Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, he said: “Walking out to open the batting at Lord’s is what I’ve always dreamed of.
“It gives you goose bumps just thinking about it and I’m really excited about the next few days.”
Root got his first experience of playing in the Ashes during England’s thrilling victory over Australia in the first encounter of the series at Trent Bridge and he admits it was ‘on another level’ to anything that he has been involved in before.
“It was incredible. It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, and it ebbed and flowed throughout,” the 22-year-old said.
“Sometimes it was a bit too nervy, but it’s always good to be on the right side and the lads played some exceptional cricket and I think we did deserve to win.
He added: “The atmosphere was unbelievable, even on the last day when they knew there was only going to be about two hours play.
“People even stayed behind to watch the man-of-the-match ceremony. I’ve not really experienced anything like it before.
“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series now, it was a great way to set it up and hopefully we can continue to play some really good cricket.”
Root was promoted to the top of the order in the build-up to the first Test, with England dropping previous opener Nick Compton.
But, despite his tender years, Root did not appear at all overawed by the occasion and played with a confidence that has come to be expected from him whilst he is at the crease.
“It’s [opening the batting] what I’ve done since I was a young kid,” Root explained.
“It’s nice to get the chance to do that and hopefully I can get some runs at the top and get us off to a good start.”
Getting off to a good start is exactly what England did, too, even if the match was closer than many pundits predicted.
But Root is determined not to get carried away, with his attention immediately turning towards Thursday's Test.
He said: “It’s vitally important to get off to a good start and we’re really pleased that we managed to do that.
“If we can take that momentum into the next game that’ll help us and hopefully we can get another win under our belts.
“I think it’s important to get yourself in a good frame of mind and do a few drills, to get yourself ready and mentally prepared to get into what’s going to be another tough battle.”
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