Joe Root’s batting hindered by England Test ‘reboot’, says Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton has advocated Joe Root to focus for a Test batsman on his sport that was normal rather than trying to put an example for your England team’reboot’.
Root has endured a run with the bat so far in New Zealand, scoring 56 runs in four innings overall and registering 2 and 11 during his side’s innings defeat in the first Test.
England have targeted a more conservative approach in their batting Test matches since Chris Silverwood’s current appointment to replace Trevor Bayliss as trainer.
Sky Sports pundit Atherton anxieties that, as captain, Root would like to showcase the newest style over his instincts that are batting of the team – and also is being caught in two minds at the crease.
“The slightly concerning thing for me is the language has been around a reboot of the way England are looking to approach Test cricket, i.e., slightly more carefully than beneath the Bayliss regime,” said Atherton.
“The talk was all about’let’s get on the front foot and take it to the bowlers, let us be optimistic’. Beneath Chris Silverwood so far, the chat has been about’we’re likely to dial down that’ and perform a more conservative game.
“I feel that is harmful for Root if he believes, as captain, then a pressure to lead by example in the way he plays. I really don’t believe that always suits his game.
“If you see Root in his best, he’s free-flowing. You appear in the scoreboard and before you know it he is 15 or even 20, knocking the ball around and looking to rotate the attack.
“What we really need to watch is Joe Root the batsman rather than Joe Root the captain. When he walks out to the middle he’s got to put all thoughts of captaincy to a side and that is not easy to do sometimes.”
The battle of styles that are distinct batting was in evidence together with Root initially digging in as England added only 43 runs at a dawn session that is turgid and aiming to get survival, on the afternoon against New Zealand.
However, the England skipper left steering a delivery that was tame from Colin de Grandhomme because the vacationers were dismissed in their second innings for 197, to point.
“Together with the dismissal today, he got a short ball from De Grandhomme he’d normally just clatter into the fence and it was almost as if he had been in 2 minds,” additional Atherton.
“It was’I do not really want to play an aggressive shot, partially because we’re searching to shield and save the sport, but also because I want to send a message into the dressing room that this is the way we’re going to play today.
“He has got to play into the style and the strengths that we have seen through the years. He’s a better player if he is busy and looking to score”