4th Test: Alastair Cook lauds Joe Root for Bazball-defying hundred | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Joe Root‘s century in the fourth Test, which defied the Bazball, was praised by England legend Alastair Cook, who also made the inevitable comparison with India captain Rohit Sharma.
Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test in Ranchi saw the 33-year-old Root come back to form with an undefeated 122, lifting England to 353 in their first innings after they had been reduced to 112 for 5 in the morning session.
“When you see someone go through a little trouble, it’s always great to see them out the other end. When great players don’t score runs it’s only a matter of time until they do,” Cook told TNT Sport after day 1 on Friday.
“What Joe Root did today (Friday) was go back to basics. This is a clip of someone with the shots you’d expect Joe Root to play (Cook was speaking while a video of Root’s innings was being played). All the talk about the reverse scoop being unusual, this is a very typical Joe innings.
“Slightly slower than normal but the tempo and his rhythm of batting is what makes him stand out. When he’s in fine flow he’s got such a nice easy way about him, Rohit (Sharma)-like. Pure and utter class, great player of spin and he has all the options covered.”
One of the best batsmen in the world of cricket, Root, came under fire after England lost the third Test when they were bowled out for 319 after his reverse lap against Jasprit Bumrah.
It was his first century in the five-match series following scores of 29, 2, 5, 16, 18, 7 in his last six Test innings.
“Root has played beautifully today. It has been a very different Root to what we have seen in the series, one who has been playing with control…It has been very un-Bazball, for those who like the entertainment, but very effective,” Cook, a former England skipper, said.
“It was a very emotionless Root. It will be interesting to see what he says about this hundred, given all of the stuff that has gone on before, the talk about his shot selection and the way he has played. Great players respond and he has responded with runs.”
(With PTI inputs)

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