Joe Root’s father, Matt, provided a rare insight into his son’s dedication only to become the best batter in the world, saying that during the difficult pandemic phase, the 31-year-old “practised for an hour batting on one leg for balance,” adding that he was always ready to play with the bat in hand as a child.

In the ongoing second Test against New Zealand at Nottingham, Joe Root produced yet another masterful effort, scoring 176 in the first innings. This was his 27th Test century and his 10th since the start of 2021.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image: ICC

Joe Root Used To Bat On One Leg For Balance: Joe’s Father

“During COVID Joe got one of the Root Academy ball feeders that we have and he’d be there for an hour batting on one leg for balance. There’s a video somewhere of him doing it,” Matt said on Test Match Special on Monday.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image: Twitter

“Joe just loves batting. As a kid, wherever someone would bowl at him he’d be there with a bat. He just loves doing it, he just loves batting”, added Matt.

Root’s recent century was unusual in that he only had one maximum and 26 boundaries, demonstrating that he was ready to wait and not take the risky aerial path during his marathon 353-minute stay at the crease.

On the final day of the second Test, England will rely on Root’s batting to grab a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

After Ben Stokes’ side finished Day 4 impressively, New Zealand led by 238 runs with only three wickets remaining.

Joe Root has recently completed 10,000 Test runs as well. He recently went past Sunil Gavaskar in the all-time Test run-scorer list. The way Root has been batting in recent times several experts are backing him to break Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record for most runs.

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