Former England captain, Nasser Hussain heaps rich praises on the current captain, Joe Root’s technique after the latter notched up his 18th Test hundred while batting against Sri Lanka on Day 2 in the ongoing Galle Test.
On Day 3, Root, who has had issues lately of converting his fifties into hundreds, went on to convert his hundred to a double hundred taking England to a lead of 286 in the first innings.
In his column, Nasser Hussain opines on Joe Root’s outstanding footwork against the Sri Lankan spinners; Root was clear in his mind whether he wants to get forward on the front foot or rock back on the back foot and was scarcely found in the between double mind. Hussain is impressed with Root’s judgement of length while making feet movements.
“His balance and poise at the crease were exceptional. He is one of the best player of spin this country has produced, and he rarely gets trapped in that in-between position of being half-forward.
“In fact, there was a moment before lunch when you could see he was cross with himself for doing just that. Otherwise, his decision-making was precise, either fully forward or, more regularly, right back on his stumps to play off the back foot. He has an ability to judge length so quickly,” Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
Joe Root was at the top of his game: Nasser Hussain
As Root completed his hundred – and later double hundred – he shrugs off the hoodoo of not converting his fifties to a big score – he went past 50 10 times in the past couple of years, but made only 2 hundreds.
Nasser Hussain observed that Root was more determined and focus after reaching his 50 than he normally is. The 52-year-old writes that the Sri Lankan bowlers and rest in the future have to be at their best to dismiss the reinvigorated English captain.
“My one criticism of Root in the past has been that he is not selfish enough after reaching 50. He hasn’t got a selfish bone in his body. He embodies the team game, but grinding out a century is magnificent for both parties.
“Sometimes when he gets to 50, he starts laughing with the umpires and looks to become even busier, but there was none of that in Galle. Here was a bloke at the top of his game saying: ‘You’re going to need something special to get me out.” the former skipper added.