Nasser Hussain terms Root’s double ton as one of the greatest innings for England

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Joe Root of England celebrates his double century during day two of the 2nd Investec Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford on July 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Former English captain and now a renowned commentator Nasser Hussain has said that Joe Root played a magnificent knock in the second Test match at Old Trafford which led England to a convincing win and helped them level the series.  Joe Root scored 254 runs in the first innings and a quick fire 71 runs innings in the second innings for which he was declared man of the match.

“It was absolutely phenomenal,” said Hussain according to Sky Sports. “I like big comments, and it was one of the greatest innings I’ve seen from England batsman, ever. It was a joy to be here and watch it.

Hussain added that it was impressive to see a player like Root looking to become even a better batsman despite the fact that he has already achieved a lot in a short span of time.

“The most impressive thing was him saying after the first Test at Lord’s, ‘I can get better’.

“Even though he’s a seriously good player, and averages 52, he still believes he can get better.

“There was a sense that some people thought Joe should just carry on playing the way he does – an attitude of that’s the way he plays, so it doesn’t matter if he gets out.

“But Joe looked at himself and said ‘no, that’s not just the way I play. I can put away one or two shots, like the big booming drive across him, or the slog-sweep. I won’t give my wicket away’.”

The third Test match between Pakistan and England will be played at Edgbaston from the 3rd of August.