West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards took a dig at England captain Joe Root for batting “slow” in their must-win 2nd Test against New Zealand in Hamilton. Joe Root shook off poor form as he ended a 14-innings drought for a Test hundred. Root made it special by making it a double hundred and giving England a 101-run lead in the 2nd Test.
However, rain played spoilsport and forced an early draw on Day 5 of the Hamilton Test. Joe Root’s historic double hundred ended in vain as England lost the 2-match series 1-0 in New Zealand. Root made 226 after which England took early wickets to send New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval back early but the experienced duo of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor added 213 runs and hit a hundred each before rain forced early Stumps on Tuesday.
Root has struggled to get going in 2019 as he has managed just 774 runs in 11 matches at 36.85. The England captain took his time to get going in the Hamilton Test. He made 226 off 441 balls as England took 162.5 overs to post 476 in the 1st innings. Root may have got the much-needed confidence after his double ton in Hamilton but Fidel Edwards isn’t happy with the way he batted when the team was facing a must-win situation at Seddon Park.
Taking to Twitter, the Hampshire fast bowler said: “Watching @root66 bat is like watching paint #dry how can u be a game down and bat this slow #poor (sic).” Joe Root though said he is feeling good after hitting form and getting back his rhythm after the daddy hundred in Hamilton.
“Felt pretty good from the start of the innings, was a tricky period at the start. I just tried to get the rhythm back in my batting, few technical things. Thankfully we got into a position where we could force a result,” Joe Root said.