England Test captain Joe Root has finally managed to regain his form in the five-day format during the second and final Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton but his slow approach with the bat has disappointed many.
The right-hander announced his comeback to form with a record-making 226 runs off 441 balls on Day 4 of the Hamilton Test to help England to draw the final match with the Black Caps winning the series 1-0 at Seddon Park on Tuesday, December 3.
Root might have managed to leave his poor Test form behind, but former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards was not pleased with the English man’s Hamilton knock, which makes him first visiting captain to score a double century in New Zealand.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, December 2, Edwards took a dig at Root, saying watching England captain’s batting was like waiting for the paint to dry. Trying to pull Root’s leg over his Hamilton double ton, Edwards wrote on Twitter: “Watching @root66 bat is like watching paint #dry how can u be a game down and bat this slow #poor.”
Noteworthy, the 28-year-old also became only the fourth England captain to score a 200-plus score in overseas Tests. Len Hutton was the first England captain to score a double hundred in 1954 in Kingston followed by Ted Dexter in 1962 in Karachi and Alastair Cook in Abu Dhabi.