India vs England: Joe Root seeks to build on newfound form | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Joe Root will become the 15th English cricketer to make 100 test matches when he takes the pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium on February 5.
Among batsmen considered to be the cream of contemporary cricket – Root, Virat Kohli (87), Steve Smith (77) and Kane Williamson (83), the England captain is the first to get 100 tests.
Having played more tests, he is also the first to cross 8,000 points out of the four, although unlike the other three, his average is below 50.
Root will be the key to England in the next series. He showed his ability to play against the spinners in the recent round of tests in Sri Lanka, scoring 426 runs on two tests, including a double century and a score of 185.
“It’s a great achievement, longevity. It takes a good sense of humor. [Root] has had a lot of highs but there will be times when you have lows. You need to show character and resilience, DIY technique. Playing 100 tests is no small feat. He always remained humble. Excellent student, ”said England batting coach Graham Thorpe, who also played 100 tryouts.
Root had recently said, however, that he did not consider himself to be in the same league as Kohli, Smith and Williamson.
“You are looking at three of the greatest players in the game. These are three brilliant people to watch play and learn with. I’m not sure I fit in their squad, to be honest,” Joe Root recently told ESPNCricinfo.
However, if he leads England even to a draw in this series after racking up big scores, he will surely be counted among that group of the top four batsmen.
On Saturday his teammate and wicket keeper drummer Jos Buttler spoke about how crucial Root will be in India.
“Joe was in fantastic shape at Sri Lanla. He always had a brilliant game playing spin bowling. One of the best exponents of sweeping shots, which is obviously a great force to play against the spin. very difficult to keep balls on points. He has so many options to score. He scores quickly and rotates to strike, “said Buttler.
“I think the most important thing when he hit Sri Lanka was that he was very diligent. Mentally, tactically and physically at bat for so long. It’s a great place for him. at the start of the year. ”
Thorpe said he remembers Root as someone who had huge ethics from the start and had a need for continuous improvement. Thorpe has seen him since his youth with the Lions of England.
“What I saw with Joe – and I was fortunate enough to see some of his previous games with Yorkshire – was character and temper. He played in the Lions very early on. He had a great work ethic. work when I was with him. I saw when he was a younger player. He has continued that over the years. Recently too he’s been trying to improve, “Thorpe said.
The streak against Sri Lanka earlier this month gave him a glimmer of hope of reworking among the top batsmen.
Prior to the Sri Lanka tour, he had only had a century in 17 test matches since the start of the English summer in 2019.
Over the past three years, he’s averaged just over 42, which is below his career average of 49.39. And if the recent series against Sri Lanka is removed, the average for the period (since January 30, 2018) slips again to 37.89.
Root has found a new lifeline in the Sri Lanka tour and he hopes to continue the rich vein of form on the current tour.

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