England captain Alastair Cook said Joe Root’s batting stimulates “blockers like me” to go for their shots after England’s senior batsmen dominated Pakistan’s attack in a crushing second Test victory at Old Trafford.
In the second Test of the four-match series against Pakistan, Cook’s side defeated the visitor by 330 runs on Monday; winning with more than a day to spare as they leveled the series 1-1 following a 75 run defeat to Pakistan at the Lord’s Test.
Cook and Root scored 506 runs between them for just twice out at Old Trafford.
At Old Trafford, Captain Cook winning the toss decided to bat first and posted a massive 589 for eight declared.
Root was adjudged man of the match for his career-best 254, while left-handed opener Cook’s 105 extended his England Test hundred tally to 29.
Vice-captain Joe Root has been elevated to the batting order at No. 3 this series, the pair shared a second wicket partnership of 185 runs at Old Trafford.
However, Cook’s third decision to avoid enforcing follow on and batted in the second innings was criticized, but his decision paid off as Pakistan inside the day four.
Cook in the second innings scored unbeaten 76 runs which are fastest of his career while Root scored 71 not out in a total of 173 for one declared.
“(Joe) is a world-class player, and it was a great innings — one of the best I’ve seen — to really set up the game for us,” said Cook.
“One thing he does very well is keeping the scoreboard ticking over, so blockers like me get carried away,” added a self-deprecating Cook.
On Monday Cook and Root added 75 runs in just nine overs before the declaration left Pakistan needing a massive 565 for victory.
Pace spearhead James Anderson returning to England after he was dropped for the first Test left Pakistan 25 for two.
James Anderson, returning to England duty on his Lancashire home ground after missing the first Test with a shoulder injury, scuppered any slim hopes of a shock win for the tourists by promptly reducing Pakistan to 25 for two.
Pakistan was eventually dismissed for 234, an improvement on their meager first-innings 198.