Batter’s post-captaincy bloom is one of the simpler joys of England’s new no-bad-shots style under Stokes and McCullum
There are no bad shots. Five balls after tea on a febrile, at times slightly hallucinogenic first day of the first Ashes Test Joe Root went down on one knee, shifted his grip, waited, then very gently and carefully reverse-nudged a ball from Scott Boland, Australia’s first-change new ball bowler, over third man for six.
This wasn’t really a ramp or a scoop, more a kind of flourish, the shot of a player seeing every detail in minute, slow-motion detail.
Written by Barney Ronay at Edgbaston
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