Sunday People – Joe Root wants to move past the embarrassment of his Headingley ‘bat-drop’ and instead inspire a cricket-based repeat of England’s northern action this summer.
- In two visits to Leeds by England’s red- and white-ball teams, they have come away with two thumping wins and Root wants the success to continue in the main Test action to come in two weeks’ time.
- Root is absolutely central to both sides, moving up to second in the ODI rankings for batsmen behind Virat Kohli, and of those currently playing Test cricket the same men are again the top two performers.
- With the captaincy back on his shoulders Root, has been rejuvenated by his back-to-back ODI hundreds that send him into a five Test series with a spring in his step — even if he doesn’t want to be reminded of his antics copying Yorkshire team-mate Jack Brooks when he scored his maiden first-class ton.
- “It is obviously nice to go past Tres, but I feel I’ve got a lot more to give this ODI team for a long time and hopefully there are quite a few more left,” he added.
- “The format shifts and the teams change a bit, but more importantly we’ve got to take the good stuff we did it in the last Test match in Leeds against Pakistan and replicate as much of that as possible.