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Joe Root lost us that

I am surprised that nobody in the media questioned Root's innings in yesterday's ODI with NZ. Great game to watch but Root played the vast bulk of his innings at less than a run a ball with England superbly placed with 9 wickets in hand. He upped the ante a bit at the end by not by enough. This left us with all our big hitters only having 12 or so overs to bat. They felt obligated to whack it from ball one and got out.
This criticism has been leveled at Root before. His strike rate isn't good enough. He's a fab player if England lose an early wicket and need to consolidate and rebuild. But in these type of games he took too many balls and left Butler, Stokes, Ali etc with not enough balls to play themselves in.
I think Root and England need to learn from this.

posted on 7/3/18

Can't blame Root. He played 2nd fiddle to Bairstow and then upped the rate but England had 5 power hitters to follow who let the team down.

posted on 7/3/18

Not having that!

In any ODI you need someone at one end to keep the team from collapsing and Joe played that role perfectly. The middle order are there to play themselves in within an over and then start swinging.

England owe many a collapse in previous years to no one digging in and holding up an end.

Our bowling at the death is also some of the worse in international cricket and always has been.

Root cannot take blame for this

posted on 7/3/18

It was the arrogance of the team that lost England the game most of all..They just didn't care.. It was like yeahhhh we can bash this and the next person yeah we we can whack this. The England team don't have the ability to have such arrogance.
We should have got 360 from the position were in at one point..

posted on 7/3/18

Like all the comments above, can't fault Root for that game. He does play slow at times but that innings was a measured innings with Bairstow doing the attacking and 5 attackers to come after him. His job should simply have been to rotate the strike, not attack which is what he did.

comment by TCM (U8959)

posted on 7/3/18

What a nonsense post, Root did what he's there to do. Him and Bairstow set us up perfectly for a mammoth score but that requires the big hitters coming in to actually score some runs.

Not come in and hit the ball from ball 1? Yes, they should be expected to come in and score quick runs from the off, that's generally how it works in modern ODI cricket as they play a lot of T20. Curran managed 22 from 10 balls so the others have no excuse I'm afraid.

comment by BO$$™ (U6401)

posted on 7/3/18

Joe Root did what Joe Rot does which is score at a run a ball, anything more than that usually costs him his wicket.

posted on 8/3/18

12 overs should be 100 runs easy. Those big hitters getting out far too tamely were the main reasons for losing.

posted on 11/3/18

Biggest sharticle since I visited the Scammers board

posted on 11/3/18

Maybe rest him this summer from the Odis to manage his workload. Must for the world cup but risks burn out for me test captain and playing all formats.

comment by Verse (U20361)

posted on 28/6/18

I agree Benny.

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