Ben Stokes believes Joe Root is England’s greatest-ever player of spin bowling and says watching his in-form captain bat makes him feel “pretty rubbish”. Root became the first player to score a double century in his 100th Test when he made 218 on day two against India in Chennai, taking his runs tally in Test cricket in 2021 to 644 in five innings in the subcontinent.
“He is in phenomenal form. The way he dominates spin is incredible to watch. He has an answer and an option for everything that is thrown at him and it is a delight to watch at the moment.” Stokes said. “I am not sure we have ever had an England player play spin so well, with such control, such ease. He is so consistent and it’s amazing to watch.”
“We didn’t just look to survive, we didn’t just look to eat into the overs and make India stay out there. We looked to be positive and as a batting unit as a whole, we are very happy,” he added. “There has been spin, bounce, reverse swing – I just think we have played very well and deserve credit. It’s not been the easiest but we have given ourselves opportunities as batsmen to get in and score runs on a pitch that is offering for the bowlers. Balls have spat out of the rough [for the spinners] and Ishant Sharma bowled with reverse swing. We have taken some big strides as a batting group out in the subcontinent.”