England's T20 number three Joe Root has been giving his thoughts on the World T20 so far ahead of his sides crunch clash against Sri Lanka on Saturday, which they must win in order to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
After struggling against Afghanistan, Root feels that his side are likely to have a number of tough days, but knows that they are also capable of creating great wins like the one against South Africa in their second match of the competition.
England recovered from 56-6 to post a competitive score against Afghanistan thanks to Moeen Ali and David Willey, before doing well in the field to claim a narrow 15 run to keep their hopes alive of going through to the semi-finals.
England are yet to reach their peak
Asked to explain just why England's batsmen have been so inconsistent in this competition the England batsmen stated that he thought they've "not performed at our best yet", however that is "exciting because we know that's still to come."
England face holders Sri Lanka on Saturday afternoon knowing a victory will seal their passage through to the semi-final stage. Anything less leaves Root and his team mates facing elimination from the tournament.
Root explained that he thinks it’s a "must-win game" for England as a defeat would allow one of Sri Lanka or South Africa to progress through with New Zealanad, at their expense.
One big boost for England is the expected return of opening batsman Alex Hales, the only man to score a T20 International century for the country, with that 100 coming against Sri Lanka in a previous World T20.
Root offered a fitness update on the opener, explaining that he's "improving with his back" whilst also "feeling more comfortable", giving the coaching staff hope that he'll play on Saturday."