Ashes: Joe Root urges England bowlers to be ‘ruthless’ against Steve Smith

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• ‘We’ve got to be really ruthless with it and stick to it’
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Joe Root has told England to look past Steve Smith’s twitchiness at the crease and be ruthless with their plans as they look to nullify Australia’s premier batsman when the second Ashes Test begins at Lord’s on Wednesday.

Sitting 1-0 down and wary that no England team has come back from a two-match deficit in an Ashes series, Root’s players know Smith’s wicket is key after his twin centuries at Edgbaston. The England captain, set to hand Jofra Archer his debut but still to decide if Sam Curran can also be squeezed into the XI with damp weather forecast, believes Smith’s fidgety style has perhaps contributed to past problems bowling to him.

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Written by Ali Martin at Lord’s
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/aug/13/joe-root-plans-steve-smith-second-ashes-test under the title “Ashes: Joe Root urges England bowlers to be ‘ruthless’ against Steve Smith”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.