Joe Root struggling with ‘Bazball’, feels Alastair Cook | England News | Cricket News

Feb 6, 2024

New Delhi: East England captain alistair cook This is what the senior batsman believes Joe Root Currently losing his “balance” and natural play test series Against India because of his desperation to fit in as captain ben stokes and coach Brendon McCullum'S “buzzball“Plans.
Cook, the last international captain to lead the team to a Test series win in India in 2012, believes Root never looked in control during his brief second innings of 16 off 10 balls in the second Test against India when he Tried to do this. Attack every delivery.
England lost by 106 runs, as 'Buzzball' was unable to take the visitors to a formidable target of 399 runs.
“He's the best batsman England have ever had across all formats – but he struggles sometimes with the rhythm of this buzzball era,” Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, said on TNT Sports.
“He sees all the other guys playing aggressive shots, which suits his style. Rooty has scored 11,500 Test runs, he's fantastic, but he has to fit in with what Ben (Stokes) and Brendon (McCullum) are doing. “I don't think his balance of attack and defense is right,” said the owner of 12,472 Test runs.
Instead of trying to outmatch other players who score more quickly, Cook wants Root to play at his own pace.
“He was on 16 off nine balls and he doesn't normally strike at that rate – he normally strikes between 75 and 80, which is still on par for a Test match strike-rate with zero risk. Incredibly high.
“Then I like to watch Joe Root bat.”
Cook believes that if Root reaches his first fifteen runs then he is always in a position to score a hundred, although that did not seem possible on Monday in Visakhapatnam.
“When he comes in, you call it early – I've called it early a few times in the subcontinent days: he's on 15 but he's scoring centuries here.
He said, “He is milking them at will, cleaning them, everything is under his control. I don't think he was in that control.”
(With PTI inputs)

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