Sheffield's Joe Root predicts great things ahead for England cricket team

Joe Root predicted "special things" for England after they reignited their World Twenty20 campaign with a record run-chase against South Africa.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 8:22 am
Updated Saturday, 19th March 2016, 8:34 am
Joe Root

Root was at the heart of things in Mumbai, scoring 83 in 44 balls as his side reeled in 230 - the second-highest pursuit in the format's history and England's biggest by a clear 40 runs.

Just 48 hours previously England were left demoralised as the West Indies' Chris Gayle scored a match-winning hundred, but this time it was their dressing room celebrating.

England should still need to win their next two matches, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, to make the semi-finals but Root sees a team bursting with potential.

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"This is a talented group of players who are capable of doing special things," he said.

"We've proved that and now it's about being consistent for the rest of the competition.

"This was a massive result. At the halfway stage we were up against it but the fact we can pull performances like that out with the bat will give us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the group stage and hopefully further on as well.

"To do something like that in a World Cup is very special for me personally. There's no better feeling than winning a game of cricket when you're up against it."

England move on to Delhi on Saturday before taking on the Afghans four days later and that will give their bowling attack plenty of time to ponder their own contributions.

Although it was clearly a batsman's paradise at the Wankhede Stadium, England will demand more than they got from seamers David Willey, Reece Topley and Chris Jordan.

"It was a tough night for all bowlers on a great wicket (for batting)," said Root.

"There'll be lessons to learn and we know that as a squad. It wasn't our absolute best performance. But the guys will assess things in Delhi and make sure their plans are in place."

For his part Eoin Morgan was once again proud of a young side who had suffered six consecutive limited-overs defeats coming into this fixture.

He said: "Honestly, I felt we would have to play out of our skin to chase that score but there's a lot of talent in our team if we play with freedom.

"It's been going for just under a year now and we've had some big chases. We'll take a lot of confidence from this one."