Stuart Broad and Joe Root for England. Photo- Twitter
Stuart Broad and Joe Root for England. Photo- Twitter

Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad showered praise on the former England red-ball captain Joe Root and labelled him as one of the calmest and best England batters of all time.

Root batted brilliantly on Day 3 of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand’s world-class pace battery and at stumps, he was at 77 with England needing 61 runs with 5 wickets in hand to win the match and get the lead in the 3-match Test series.

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Joe Root. James Anderson and Stuart Broad (Image Credits: Twitter)
Joe Root. James Anderson and Stuart Broad (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking after Day 3, Stuart Broad, who bagged 3 wickets in New Zealand’s second innings to trigger a collapse, said that he has got a good feeling about Day 4.

“It’s had a bit of everything. It’s up to us as a group of players to do everything we can to get over the line, and it would be very special, but if it doesn’t work that way we step up to the plate in Nottingham,” said Stuart Broad after the day’s play. 

“But I’ve got a really good feeling about tomorrow. Joe Root is one of the calmest, England’s best-ever batsmen, and Foakesy I thought settled really nicely, and then it’s going to be up to the lower order to chase these runs, so it’s set up to be a brilliant morning.”

It’s been a really enjoyable Test match – Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad Also An Alternative for England Captaincy (Image Credits: Twitter)
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The 35-year-old added that the Test match between England and New Zealand at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground has been really enjoyable for him.

“We were a bit disappointed yesterday afternoon…they played really well for their runs. We knew we had to strike with the new ball because the Test match was riding on it. If New Zealand get 340-350 it’s a different game.

“I really enjoyed the feeling of getting the crowd going, lifting the energy in the stadium. The crowd responded brilliantly and so did the players.

“It’s been a really enjoyable Test match, (it’s) really exciting and hard to know what is going to happen from hour to hour,” said Broad. 

James Anderson and Stuart Broad. PC-Twitter
James Anderson and Stuart Broad. PC-Twitter

Stuart Broad, who was controversially dropped from the England Test team ahead of the West Indies series, further said that the hour before the new ball arrives on Day 4 will be very crucial for Joe Root and Ben Foakes.

“It’s great to be coming [back] knowing either team could win. In Test cricket you’re constantly saying ‘it’s a big hour’, and I feel like we’ve said that every single hour here. The hour with Rooty and Foakesy before the new ball is going to be crucial to try and get the runs down as low as we can.

“There’s been times we’ve had to soak up pressure, but we’ve got to have a really positive mindset leading up to the new ball. The way Rooty and Stokesy played after a bit of luck with the no-ball showed the way this team want to go about it,” he elaborated.

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