Only dinner and coffee meet! Joe Root denies team meeting culture within England team

Ben Stokes and Joe Root

England batsman Joe Root has said that the England team no longer has team meetings. Joe Root also added that they prefer to have genuine chats at the table or over coffee together.

England have witnessed a sharp change in their Test attitude under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. With an aggressive mindset in the longest format, England enjoyed success in many series from 2022.

Joe Root is part of the England squad in the ongoing IND vs ENG Test series. The right-handed batsman has struggled to pack a big punch in the series so far, exiting in the low single digits in 4 innings.

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We don’t do team meetings anymore: Joe Root

While speaking on Jio Cinema, Joe Root denied the culture of team meetings in the England team under captain Ben Stokes. He also added that they have chats about the game at the table or at coffee meetings.

“We don’t really do team meetings anymore. That’s one of the best things about how we keep all our conversations outside of the game and that enjoyment and excitement of spending time together,” Root said.

“We don’t have to sit in a meeting room and I think it’s more authentic and genuine when you can have it around a table. Having coffee in the morning or whatever, I think that’s when you learn best,” the 33-year-old added.

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Joe Root backs Bazball regardless of results

Joe Root also backed Bazball’s approach despite England’s defeat in the IND vs ENG second Test. The one-chance batsman said England would back the aggressive approach as it has given them fruitful results in the past.

“Regardless of the result of the game, we will always play as we know how. It’s what has given us success for a good period of time. It’s what brings out the best in us. “We’ve been in similar situations before.”

“The last time we played India in England, in that one-off Test, we were way behind in the game and we managed to chase that score. There have been many other times where we have done things we never thought we could have done before,” he further added.

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England won the first test against India

Meanwhile, England managed to outplay India with their aggressive approach in the first IND vs ENG Test. Trailing by 190 runs in the second innings, England bounced back in the match with 420 runs on the board. They later overtook India in the last innings defending the target of 231 runs.

However, India bounced back in the second Test, winning the match by 106 runs. England were bowled out for 292 in the match against a target of 399. After two matches, the IND vs ENG Test series is tied 1-1. The next match begins on February 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.