Saturday, 11 May 2013

Joe Root seems to have taken his elevation well....

.... 49, 482, 236, 18, 135 not out! I still feel reluctant to compare him with Michael Vaughan, because that just smacks of too hasty a judgement on his ability. He's only twenty-two. But he does have that slender frame and reliance on precision shots over strength.

Comparisons with Boycott might be a bit much, though the element of punching above your technical ability might ring true on occasion (and that's a compliment, not a criticism, of both players).

We will see what kind of a shout he gets against the Kiwis. He ought to slot in ahead of Bairstow if England are serious about giving him a long chance in the Test team.

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