‘Really pleasing to show improvement’ – Joe Root

Written by Vipin Darwade

England captain Joe Root, who registered his 16th Test century after a patch of low scores, said he enjoyed the battle and was pleased with the improvement his side had shown in the third Test against Windies in St Lucia.

Joe Root came into the game with 4, 22, 7 and 7 in the previous two Tests of the series, both of which England lost to concede the series. He snapped the string of low scores with a gritty century on Monday, 11 February, to put his side in complete command.

The knock came against an in-form attack, featuring the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph on a reasonably lively wicket. Root acknowledged that it was a battle, which is what made the knock more special.

“It was a good hard scrap,” said Root after third day’s play. “But it was really enjoyable because sometimes, when things aren’t quite happening for you, you think you’re battling a little bit. To come out the other side is really pleasing.

“My feet haven’t always been doing what I want them to so it’s been a constant battle to find a formula that gets me off to a good start. Once you’re off and running things become a little bit easier. It’s nice to see all the hard work come to the fore by being here at the end of the day not out.”

Root’s improvement mirrored an overall improvement by the team, and they’re now 448 runs in front with four wickets still in hand, including that of Root batting on 111.

“It’s been a tough series for me personally and for the guys. We’ve worked extremely hard on this trip but things haven’t gone as we wanted. We’ve not played good cricket at times.

“So to respond as we have today and be in this position of strength with two days left is really pleasing. It’s really pleasing to show improvement and willingness to adapt to conditions. Even though the series is gone there’s still a lot to play for.”


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