Felt real benefit from playing some white-ball cricket against Sri Lanka: Joe Root

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Aug 8, 8:09 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

England Test skipper Joe Root notched up an important century against India in the second innings of the first Test in Nottingham. The right-handed batsman talked about his knock after the day’s play and revealed that playing the white-ball fixtures against Sri Lanka helped him in his red-ball game as well.  

“It felt pretty good to get a big score and get us into position to give us a chance of winning this Test,” Root said in a virtual press conference.

“I’ve actually felt a real benefit from playing some white-ball cricket (in Sri Lanka),” he added. 

Riding on Root’s ton, the home side notched up 303 in the second innings before they were bundled out and handed India a target of 209 runs. The right-hander was eventually undone by Jasprit Bumrah after he was caught by Rishabh Pant for 109. 

Bumrah returned with a fifer while Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur picked up a couple of wickets each in the second innings. 

Earlier, the visiting team had taken a lead of 95 runs in the first innings after they scored 278 in reply to England’s 183. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja scored individual fifties for the team while the tail-enders also chipped in with some valuable runs at the end. 

India were 52/1, needing 157 more to win this match when the stumps were called on Day 4.  

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