February 5 (Reuters) – Joe Root knows how fickle form can be and the England captain has said he’s keen to make hay while the sun shines after recording his 20th century test in the opener against India Friday.
Playing his 100th test, the sleek right-hander made an unbeaten 128 in Chennai, battling cramps towards the end of the opening day at MA Chidambaram Stadium. The spin master class was a continuation of the searing form of a drummer who had scored a double hundred a century grand in his two previous tests in Sri Lanka.
“I definitely feel in good shape and have to make sure I take advantage of that,” the 30-year-old said on a video conference after his “very special” move put England in a dominant position against the ‘India.
Root has nine scores over 150 in test cricket, but the top-notch batsman is not happy.
“In my career I haven’t always scored very high scores. So for me doing that right now is really enjoyable.
“The challenge will be to keep putting myself in a position to win hundreds of dollars. I have to keep taking them. We’re going to win more games if I do that.”
Root is part of cricket‘s “Big Four” which also includes his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli, Australian runner Steve Smith and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
When asked to explain his purple spot with the bat, Root said, “I worked on a few technical aspects.
“I looked at a few areas of my game, looked at some trends in how I got out at certain points in my sleeves.
“I’ve tried to root it out, tried to make it better and evolve as a player and it seems to be working well. The challenge will be – can I keep improving all the time?”
Root also appeared to have won his battle against Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday, crushing the off-spinner for a six before the cramps set in.
Kohli was seen helping him stretch his leg and Root said he would be ready to continue England’s bid for a grand total of first innings on Saturday.
“I’ll be ready for more tomorrow. There was a bit of cramping, a bit frustrating. Very kind of Virat to help me, good sportsmanship.”