England’s Joe Root eager for South Africa to provide stiffer challenges

• Captain wants batsmen to ‘get bit between their teeth’ more often
• Retains faith in Gary Ballance to come good at No3 in second Test

Joe Root admitted a small part of him is looking forward to greater challenges as the England captain, with the expectation South Africa will show their true colours when the Test series resumes in Nottingham on Friday.

Root enjoyed an ideal start to his Test captaincy at Lord’s last week, scoring 190 in the first innings before his side went on to wrap up a win by 211 runs inside four days. It has resulted in an unchanged team for Trent Bridge, where England have won six of their past seven Tests.

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