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Root eyes rankings rise for England

23rd January 2020, 16:52 by Gareth Freeman

Joe Root says England can improve further ahead of the fourth Test against South Africa as they look to claim a series win.

England lost the first Test at Centurion but victories at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth mean they will claim a series victory if they avoid defeat at Wanderers.

The tourists have been heavily hit by both illness and injuries in South Africa, and Root feels a series win would be his greatest ever achievement as captain.

"I think it probably would be, because of the different things we've had to manage throughout this tour," said Root when asked if winning this series would be his biggest achievement.

"We've had injuries with senior players having to fly home and a lot of illness to deal with. We have adapted to very different conditions and for a very young group of players to manage that has been very pleasing and a sign we're doing the right things.

"If we can harness that and keep taking that forward and look to improve as a group then I do think the sky's the limit for this team. But I do think we're very much at the start of something and we're not perfect by any means. We have to keep that attitude and keep driving that forward for a long period if we want to get to No 1 [Test ranked team] in the world."

England are currently fifth in the ICC Men's Test Team Rankings, behind India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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