Joe Root can't wait to show how good England are at playing spin in the trickiest conditions of the

Joe Root believes England will show just how good they've become at playing spin by adding Sri Lanka to the list of teams they have taken apart.

And by doing it away from home in one of the most spin friendly environments in the world, Root reckons it will be a huge boost for their World Cup hopes when the pitches tend to get a little worn at the back end of tournaments.

England's trial by spin couldn't get fully underway on Wednesday thanks to just 15 overs being possible, but mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya still managed to send down five overs and claim one wicket before the rain arrived.

The Lankan off-spinner and leg-spinner rolled into one is bound to cause a few headaches along with Lakshan Sandakan, but Root believes this England side are well equipped to dominate, and he has even been sending down his own leggies in the nets which he says he might bowl in a match.

Joe Root can't wait to show how good England are at playing spin in the trickiest conditions of them all

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“This is an opportunity to prove how far we've come against spin,” said Root. “We’ve done it in the majority of places throughout the world, but can we do it here on spinning surfaces?

“I think we've certainly got it in us. There's been signs of that and as a team, our record against spin is right up there if not the best in the world over the last couple of years.

“This is another opportunity to show everyone how good we are against that and to perform well on these surfaces, and to put some experience in the bank for the World Cup, if the wickets are slow in the latter stages and are starting to turn.”

Joe Root can't wait to show how good England are at playing spin in the trickiest conditions of them all

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Root will be at the centre of England's efforts as their best batsman coming in at number three and delivering big runs without the pressures of the captaincy.

And he showed in the summer just how important he is by the way he dealt with the spin challenge that was laid down to him by India's Kuldeep Yadav and he responded with back-to-back hundreds and a bat drop.

“Throughout my career I’ve always felt I had a strong game against spin,” he added. “That was the first time last summer that it’s really been questioned.

Joe Root can't wait to show how good England are at playing spin in the trickiest conditions of them all

“I asked some strong questions of myself throughout that period, then just refined it back to the basics. Getting close to the ball or as far away as possible, giving myself as much time as possible, trying not to get caught in no man’s land.

“Having had those good experiences in the summer against world-class spinners, granted in English conditions, it fills you with confidence definitely.”

England are set to continue with the same side that started the first ODI with the only difference it is a day game on Saturday rather than a day/night affair.

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