England skipper Joe Root says a clear sweep in opposition to the highest two sides in Test cricket — India and New Zealand — would be the greatest preparation for the enduring Ashes collection in opposition to arch rivals Australia later this 12 months.
Before heading to Australia for the Ashes within the winter, England play seven Tests at residence in opposition to New Zealand and India this summer time.
They will tackle the Blackcaps for a two-match red-ball collection, beginning Wednesday after which conflict with India in a five-Tests collection throughout August and September.
“There are going to be fixed conversations about Australia all through this complete summer time, there isn’t any getting away from that,” Root informed reporters on Tuesday forward of the series-opener.
“We have mentioned for a very long time now that we’re planning in direction of that collection and as an English fan, an English participant, it’s such an iconic collection.
“It is of utmost significance, completely. But the way in which we’re greatest going to organize ourselves is by performing nicely in these seven Tests, by profitable seven Test matches in opposition to one of the best two sides on this planet,” he added.
New Zealand and India are slated to tackle one another within the inaugural World Test Championship remaining scheduled to be held in Southampton from June 18-22.
Although planning to regain the Ashes will stay at the back of the thoughts, Root mentioned the total focus will likely be to have profitable summer time.
“Planning for Australia is one thing within the background, it’s one thing we’re very conscious of and persistently discuss. But that gained’t be in our ideas after we are on the market this summer time.
“You couldn’t be asking for 2 higher opponents proper now – to tackle one of the best is what sport is all about and each Test means a hell of so much to our gamers and to me. These Tests are our full focus.”