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We knew we had to grind them down - Root

Joe Root reveals that England wanted to go into the third day of the second Test of the Investec Ashes with the plan to grind Australia down after his century edged England closer to victory

July 20, 2013

Posted by Bunbarian on (July 21, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Spot-on landl47. I wonder if Watto has ever looked at any of his plant-the-pad-across-the-stumps-and-play-all-around-it lbw's, and can tell us how many of them were given not-out on review? He's a slow learner, as are the selectors who keep trying to make him into a Test opener. He's a number 6 AT BEST

Posted by   on (July 21, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

He has finally shed the opening bunny tag. Good for him. Kid has some talent.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

I feel sorry for Australia.. they really need to find some promising youngsters like Root and Jonny Bairstow.

Posted by landl47 on (July 20, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

Joe Root has taken huge steps in the last 12 months. What I find particularly impressive is the way he already thinks like a test veteran- when you get a hundred, get a big hundred; when you have the opposition on the run, grind them down; stay both focussed and relaxed to get through the long hours of a 5-day game. That's a very smart head on a young cricketer and when you add in his natural talent his upside is huge.

He's more savvy at 22 than Shane Watson is at 32.

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