Root for India to repeat their World Cup success in 2019.

England batsman Joe Root expects his squad to apply what they learned in 2019 when they defend their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup championship in India later this year.

Root was a member of the winning England team that won their first World Cup at home four years ago, and they have the opportunity to become only the third team to win back-to-back titles when they travel to the subcontinent for this year’s 50-over showpiece.

Root is still remembering a dramatic Super Over clash in the World Cup Final at Lord’s in 2019, and the star right-hander is hoping to replicate that success in India in November.

“Having the experience of 2019 and how good that was and how much it meant to the group, and for them to go out and get the opportunity to defend it is something we are relishing and really looking forward to,” Root added.

“We are going to have to play some really good cricket, adapt to different conditions, and have that consistency that you need, so we will see how we go.”

England is one of the countries that has already chosen a preliminary squad for the six-week competition, and the defending champions have left out teenage batter Harry Brook while including uncapped pacer Gus Atkinson.

Root feels confident in the squad selected to represent England in the World Cup and understands that his team must play their best cricket at the end of the tournament.

“It is very exciting to play in a World Cup event, and it is something that you always look forward to as a player,” Root said.

“You want to go out and perform, impress, and deliver for your country in big tournaments and big moments.”

“You have to get to those last two games – the semi-final and the final – and it’s all about showing up and performing when it really matters.”

Unsurprisingly, Root named two of his teammates as the most likely to be the leading run scorer and wicket-taker in the widely anticipated tournament, which begins on October 5.

“I’m going to go with Jonny Bairstow (as the leading run scorer),” Root said.

“He is someone who is always trying to prove something, he is a fantastic white-ball player, and he has been so consistent for us at the top of the order.”

Root believes the conditions in India will favor slower bowlers and that Adil Rashid may thrive as the leading wicket-taker.

“He (Rashid) has so many different skills and variations to call upon,” Root continued.

“We know how important it is to take wickets in the middle overs…he has done a wonderful job for us for a long time, and I anticipate him being very difficult on these wickets.”