Star England batsman Joe Root eyes the big knocks

Krishna Chopra / 08 June 2016
Star England batsman Joe Root eyes the big knocks

Since the last couple of years, Joe Root has emerged as one of the most reliable batsmen around in world cricket. The stylish right-hander has amassed runs in all forms of the game and all potential conditions. Along with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith, Root to is in an elite list of the best batsmen around.

With the third test against Sri Lanka to begin on the 9th of June at Lord’s, Root spoke to the press at an event. The 25 year old star batsman said that his ambition now was to convert his starts into big knocks. Root added that scoring 70 or 80 wouldn’t guarantee his side a victory, but scoring centuries would do so.  “You are always striving to get better, and it’s an area that over the last few months has been very frustrating for me because I am playing well, but you don’t win games with the 70s and 80s. You want to make sure you cash in,” Root said.

“There have been a few decent deliveries in there but mainly it’s been batsman error so it’s an area that needs to be addressed in practice – and it has been – and the only thing I can really do is make sure I don’t make the same mistake twice.”You look at the dismissal [in Durham] and it was a car crash, really. It was awful. It’s hard to put your finger on it. I don’t think I change my approach or the way I play when I get a certain score. I’d like to think it was a bit of a coincidence and it’s all happened together,” Root added.

Root added that he looked up to his contemporaries in order for some inspiration. “As a kid growing up I would look at the best players and think there’s a reason they are at the top, they are doing something that sets them apart,” he said. “These days, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli in the shorter formats, then Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, it would be silly not to look at the way they play and try to add bits to my game. If you can take any little nugget hopefully you will benefit from it.”

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