Staying rooted to his crease

The question for Joe Root is this. How much better can you get?

Hoot for Root. Did you see that punch on the back foot?Joe Root.

The colour of his eyes match the helmet. Right?

England’s blue-eyed boy got his eye in at Lord’s, with a knock that was the best amongst the twenty two players who featured in the second Ashes Test. This lad displays a lot of poise at the crease, justifying the lovely noise that is being made about his talent with the cricket bat.Mr.Root stands tall at the crease, front foot out even as the bowler runs in.Isn’t that his secret?

The fulcrum in his technique.Yes.

For it allows him to transfer his weight a lot quicker, than a lot of other batsmen. If he wants to drive, all he has to do is move his hip forward, leaning into the shot and complete his follow through. Notice the straight drive, and he will remind you of a fencer at work. This son from Yorkshire plays late by preparing early. Not only does it increase the degree of anticipation; it also allows him to leave the ball if he sees that it is going away. When the right-hander wants to cut the ball, he goes back and forth in a jiffy, using his height to get on top of the ball. Body moving backwards in the process, bat behind the helmet, ball crossing the point boundary.

Hoot for Root. Did you see that punch on the back foot?

Flapping the bat close to himself, standing on a ballerina’s toes, using the elbows to get behind the ball. Remember taking the first sip from a hot cup of coffee. To those watching, that’s the feeling you get, when you observe the bat moving upwards, sending the ball to the cover boundary. If Root knows that the bowler has put his back into the delivery, he respects the effort. Soft hands, body behind the ball, in defence.

It would soon be time for a triple sundae.

With so much solidity at the crease, there was nothing that Ashton Agar could do, to stop Root from spreading his arms, and kissing the helmet to celebrate his second century in whites. He is good against spin too, this 22-year old. By opening his stance up, Root shows the spinner his stumps when they come from around the wicket. He then gets the front foot out of the way, to drive the ball with the turn, with a confident stride forward.

Anything bowled at his legs is swept away.  Bowling short is asking for trouble, as Root gets into position very early. Shoulder blades go across, as does the one made of wood. Kid has got a lot of pull. The question that matters from now on is this.How much better can he get?

That depends on the number of errors he doesn’t commit. One can always ask why he tried to scoop the ball, when he was twenty short of a double hundred in Lord’s?

Don’t know. Why did David Warner punch Joe Root?

The worst thing you can do to an athlete is to provoke him.For the simple reason, that it only makes him better, if not bitter. Open Sesame?

Beamer: Root makes the bowlers scoot.

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