‘I had to make a statement’: Joe Root says century was special innings

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  • England captain helps England to 278-run lead in Kandy
  • ‘You have to try to enjoy the occasion, not feel the pressure’

As good leaders must Joe Root has practised what he preached. Throughout this tour Root has promised a more aggressive approach on the turning tracks of Sri Lanka and when the going became tougher his players did not desert those ambitious plans. “There might have been a temptation to go into our shell after we had a deficit after the first innings,” he said. “Yet it was the inexperienced men at the top of the order [Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings] who set the benchmark. That was very pleasing.”

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Written by Vic Marks at the Pallekele International Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/nov/16/joe-root-england-cricket-sri-lanka-century under the title “‘I had to make a statement’: Joe Root says century was special innings”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.