Joe Root seeks England series win to leave ‘very difficult’ winter behind


The England captain is hoping for a morale boost in Grenada after a winless winter with uncertainty behind the scenes

One final Test match of the winter for Joe Root and his England team begins on the spice island of Grenada on Thursday, offering a chance to reset the oft-repeated statistic of one series victory in the Caribbean since the 1960s before the actual reset begins under new management this summer.

England swept a broom through the squad before this tour, dropping two champions in the process, and have endlessly talked up collaboration and progress during the two stalemates in Antigua and Barbados, but their winter remains winless to date. With no full-time managing director or head coach as yet – Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood are only the respective interims – the true blueprint for this side is yet to reveal itself.

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Written by Ali Martin in Grenada
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