Former England batsman Jonathan Trott says he’s not surprised one bit that Joe Root stands on the brink of his 100th Test given the captain’s passion and desire to improve. Trott, 39, batted at three when Root scored 73 at six on his Test debut against India in 2012 in Nagpur and says he had no doubt the Yorkshireman would fit naturally into international cricket.
“That tour he [Root] came in, in the warm-up games, he certainly impressed everybody not only by his skill but the way that he conducted himself in training for somebody who was new to the side,” said Trott. “He’s gone from strength to strength. The way that he leads by example and the way that he still has a passion for the game and the desire to improve rubs off on everyone and England are very lucky to have a player like him leading as captain and able to bat in the middle-order.”
“He’s got a lot of responsibility and captaining in India is a skill in itself with regards to conditions and rotating bowlers and spinners.” he added. “We saw how well he did that in Sri Lanka and captaincy and decision-making seems very natural to him; he certainly has a great presence around the guys as well.”
“It’s not about reinventing the wheel with the guys – I’d say it’s about making sure they are in the right space and how they need to play depending on how the conditions dictate. I think that’s crucial, particularly out here.” Trott continued. “That can change quite drastically from first innings to second innings, depending on the surface, so being able to adapt is key. That’s how I see my role – helping the guys prepare for all eventualities because don’t forget it’s not just spin out there, they have a good seam attack as well.”