Joe Root hailed the perfect execution of England’s game plans during the course of the past two Test matches after his side completed a clinical 269-run win in the third and final Test of the #raisethebat series against the West Indies. England regained the now-retired Wisden Trophy, after having lost it to Jason Holder’s men in the Caribbean in early 2019.
Root, who did not play the first Test which England lost by four wickets, hailed his sides’ effort to post a big first inning score and then his bowlers for bowling the way that they did as ‘outstanding’. England posted 369 in the first innings, post which their fast bowlers-led by Stuart Broad, dictated terms to the Windies batsman, dismissing them for 197 to take a healthy first innings. The demolition job was completed when the trio of Broad-Anderson-Woakes returned to knock over the visitors for a mere 129 to complete a dominating win.
“The last two weeks have been excellent. We set out a game plan throughout the two games and we executed it pretty well in both departments. In the first game, with the first innings runs and in this game with the ball, we were outstanding. It’s a great step forward for us as a batting group. You look at the talent among those guys, you feel they can exploit a lot different surfaces around the world,” Joe Root said in the post-match presentation as quoted by Cricbuzz.
‘Couldn’t be happier for him’- Joe Root on Stuart Broad
Joe Root was all praise for the 34-year-old Stuart Broad, who became the fourth seamer in the history of the game to take 500 Test wickets. Broad responded in fine fashion post his axing from the side in the 1st Test, claiming 16 wickets across two Test matches besides scoring an enterprising and crucial 45-ball 62 in the first innings of the third Test. The English captain also added that its a real privilege for him to play alongside two of England’s all-time greats in Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
“For him (Broad) to come back and make the impact in these two games is a testament to how good a player he has been. Couldn’t be happier for him, especially the way he finished off today. Runs in the first innings, 500 wickets, it’s a phenomenal achievement. The sort of player he is, he wants to be a part of the big occasion. More than anything he grabs the big moments in series,” Joe Root said.
”Wants to take the ball in difficult situations. Ashes series, South Africa in Johannesburg, this series, so many more. Very good with the other bowlers as well and he is happy to pass on his experience and advice. We’re playing with two of England’s best of all time. I have said it before, we got to understand how lucky we are. A real privilege to play alongside them (James Anderson and Stuart Broad.),” he added.
Stuart Broad was eventually adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ as well as England’s ‘Player of the Series’.