Jos Buttler, England wicketkeeper-batsman on Saturday said that Joe Root is a very hard player to bowl dot balls against and the Test skipper can combat spin extremely well.
India and England are set to lock horns in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. The first two games of the 4-Test series will be played in Chennai before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.
Jos Buttler: Joe Root Is One Of The Best Exponents Of Sweep Shot And Did Extremely Well In Sri Lanka
Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228 in 2 Tests against Sri Lanka. He also went on to become the fourth-highest run-getter in Test cricket for England and the first-ever captain to hit two double-hundreds.
“Joe was in fantastic form in Sri Lanka, he has always had a brilliant game to play spin bowling. He is one of the best exponents of the sweep shot and he picks length brilliantly. It is a big strength when playing spin, he is very hard to bowl dot balls at. He scores quickly against spin and he has so many shots, he manages to rotate strike.”
“He did that fantastically well in Sri Lanka, the biggest thing about him was the hunger shown by him to bat for long periods. He showed great application both mentally and tactically. He is in great form and it is a great place for him to be at just at the start of the year,” said Jos Buttler while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
England defeated Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series this month. Skipper Joe Root was in impeccable form as he registered a double-century in the first Test, and then he followed it up with a 186-run knock in the second Test.
Jos Buttler: Jofra Archer And Ben Stokes Are X- Factor
Having played 11 Tests for England so far, it would be the first opportunity for Jofra Archer to play red-ball cricket in India. The pacer has picked 38 wickets averaging 31.11 with 3 five-wicket hauls. Ben Stokes has played 67 Tests and scored 4428 runs averaging 37.85 and picked 158 wickets averaging 31.41 with 4 five-wicket haul.
When ANI asked Buttler about whether paceman Jofra Archer would be the biggest X-factor for England in the Test series, he replied: “Jofra Archer is certainly an X-factor player, it is fantastic to have Jofra back into the side, he would be excited to do well in this series. We have a few guys who can do quite amazing things with the ball. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are two of the best to play this game, Jofra is a huge X-factor and Ben Stokes is a pretty good X-factor player as well.”
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all the members are undergoing quarantine. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Rory Burns arrived earlier as the trio did not play the Test series against Sri Lanka. The trio trained on Saturday.
Jos Buttler would be returning home after the first Test against India and then Jos Buttler would be expected to appear in the white-ball series (five T20Is and three ODIs) against India. Jos Buttler scored 131 runs averaging 65.5 against Sri Lanka in 2 Tests and 265 runs in 3 Tests against Pakistan averaging 88.33.
The 30-year-old keeper played 49 Tests so far apart from 144 ODIs and 74 T20Is besides 58 IPL matches. Jos Buttler has 9 tons in ODIs and 2 hundreds in Tests.