England's Joe Root walked out after being dismissed on the fourth day of the second Test against India.© AFP
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has criticized Joe Root's 'baseball' approach during the team's ongoing five-match Test series against India. Before the second Test in Visakhapatnam, Root was practicing batting with his left hand in the nets. The results of his preparation were seen in the game as he performed brilliantly with reverse sweeps in both the innings. Root has so far failed to make an impact in the series as a batsman, with only 52 runs to his name in four innings.
“They (England) are in fifth gear from the first ball. I don't mind some of them playing like that because they are better for it. But Joe Root should forget that. He has got Joe Root playing like that. 10,000 Test runs. He doesn't do that.” 'There is no need to be a baseballer,' Vaughan wrote in the UK Telegraph. It's time for someone in management to put an arm around Joe and say 'please just be yourself'.
“I think it's as simple as the fact that he's wrapped up in the whole ethos of buzzball, excitement and entertainment. That's especially important against spin. Along with Graham Gooch, Root has been England's leading batsman so far He is the best spin player in India. To see him bat the way he did in the second innings, that's not Root, and that's not the way England will win in India, just gift wickets,'' he said.
Vaughan said Root's role is to take the team forward by holding one end firmly rather than hitting big shots and losing his wicket.
“I knew something was wrong when I saw him get off the mark with reverse sweeps in both innings. He doesn't play like that. He gets himself in, then takes risks. Let the firecrackers play like that .Joe got to be the rock, the cool influence while crazy people were hanging around him,” Vaughn said.
The India vs England five-match Test series is tied at 1-1. Visitors England won the first game by 28 runs, while Rohit Sharma and Co. leveled the series with a 106-run win.
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