Joe Root, the talented right-handed batsman scored 194 runs in two innings in England’s empathetic 169 runs win over visiting Australia in the first Investec Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff the Wales capital. England captain Alastair Cook winning the toss opted to bat first, but England did not have a good start, lost three wickets inside 43 runs. Adam Lyth was the first batsman to go in the second over of the innings, later he was joined by Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, both of them fell in 14th and 15th over respectively.
Gary Ballance was playing a slow innings, at this juncture of the match Joe Root joined Balance at the pitch and played a stroke-filled century off 118 balls, the fourth fastest in the history of the Ashes. He made 159 run partnerships with Gary Ballance that steadied the England innings. And after Balance’ departure Root made another 84 runs partnership with Ben Stokes which helped England to put 430 runs on board.
Root’s match changing 134 finally came to an end off Starc delivery which was caught by Shane Watson, and in the second innings he played 60 run innings before being bowled by Josh Hazlewood.
While Root played his epic 134 & 60 run innings, India and South Africa were playing Zimbabwe and Bangladesh respectively.
We have seen rollicking performnace in ODIs to consider them best for this week, like Ambati Rayudu played a match turning century against Zimbabwe, a debutant fast bowler’s Kagiso Rabada’s a hattrick against Bangladesh and Mohammed Hafeez heroic allround performance against Sri Lanka in the first ODI.
Caption: Ambati Rayudu celebrating after notching up his century against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club
Nevertheless, Ambati Rayudu’s century helped India to recover from 87 for 5, and put respective total on board while 20 year old Rabada made Bangladesh humble. Meanwhile, Hafeez’s century and 4 for 41 alone won the match for Pakistan. But, in terms of historic value Joe Root’s innings against a world cup wining fast and furious bowling attack of Australia deserves a special attention.
Caption: South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates with teammates the wicket of Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Mahmudullah during the first One-Day International match between Bangladesh and South Africa at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka
Unlike, other English batsmen this right-handed batsman acquired maturity of playing spin and fast bowling very early of his career. In his debut Test at Nagpur he handled Ravichandran Aswin and co. well on his way to 73 runs innings of 229 balls. It is delight for spectators to watch him playing Test cricket as he accumulates runs fast.
Caption: Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez on the way to his century in the first ODI agnaist Sri Lanka Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla.
Root, who made his debut against India at the age of 23, is being considered as the next England captain. In Root, England is looking for someone like Herbert Sutcliffe who has more than 50 plus average in Test. Now, it seems that England finally have a batsman in their rank who is actually not overrated by the British media, but really an outstanding talent.
In his 28 match career, he has more than 100 plus average against India, and 80 plus against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Overall, he has average of 56.06 in 51 innings. He is the first English cricketer in forty years who has more than 50 plus average in Test cricket. The last English cricketer who has 50 plus average is Ken Barrington.
He is now 25, we have to see will he match protégé of Herbert Sutcliffe or not? But, one thing for sure he is new sensation of England cricket, and he has a lot to contribute to English cricket.