Root aims to keep building momentum


England batsman Joe Root hopes his team can keep building momentum during the ODI series against Pakistan, after they took a two-nil lead in the five-match series on the weekend.

England won by four wickets thanks to Root's score of 89, which negated the century scored by Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed. At one stage Pakistan were three down for just two runs on the board.

Root said after the match: "Fair play to Sarfraz, he played brilliantly but throughout we stuck at it with the ball. 

"The way we're playing at the minute is brilliant – taking wickets regularly throughout the innings, scoring quite freely with the bat. 

"Hopefully that can continue and we can keep gaining momentum with the wins we're getting this summer."

Root's knock was even more impressive given he played through some pain in his ankle, after a collision on the field with team-mate Adil Rashid. 

Both were going for a catch and smashed into each other, with Root holding onto the ball despite this.

Root added: "Rash hit me pretty hard actually, it's surprising that such a little guy would make such a strong tackle…but no dramas, it's nothing serious. 

"It was a bit of a dramatic football sort of dive in the end. I've never seen him tackle me like that before, not even in the (five-a-side) warm-ups! 

"I could see him in the corner of my eye, I'm pretty sure I put my arms out and shouted to say it was my catch but he mustn't have heard. 

"He nearly headbutted my knee actually, so we got pretty lucky in that respect."

The third ODI will be played in Nottingham on 30 August.