Mark Ramprakash and Graham Gooch discuss Joe Root’s four-wicket radius, how Mark Wood was used and how England ended the victory
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Joe Root took four wickets as England closed to victory in the third round against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, but could his success in bowling really help his fight?
The English skipper hasn’t been at his best with the bat in the past year and has so far managed to make only half a century in five innings of the series.
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However, Mark Ramprakash believes that his success with the ball can have a chain effect and help the Yorkshireman’s joke.
“Some captains are reluctant because they are perhaps embarrassed and don’t want to make that decision to get on,” Debate told The Cricket, in a show you can listen in the player above or by downloading here.
“The other captains are the opposite: they will catch the rhythm of the new ball and the ball, then they will turn the ball and everything else! I think it depends on the personality.
“For Joe Root, there has been a lot of talk about his joke and not meeting the high standards he set for the past year.
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“We hope that tomorrow will bring a victory in the test match and with him that he will contribute so much, that it can help to relax him as an individual and take away a little emphasis from his joke. He could help his joke because he contributed to the team as bowler hat, he played his part.
“Looking ahead, we have two tests against Sri Lanka, so for the balance of the team, he is definitely good enough to be a third spinner.”
Ramprakash also thinks that Root is often underestimated as a pitcher by opposition hitters and tactically praised his way of bowling.
“He’s a smart pitcher because he’s considered part-time but he’s better than that, he’s more precise than that,” he added.
“His pace is naturally pretty fast and that’s why I think he could have been successful in this field, which is a bit slow. He manages to get the ball through and that’s his natural rhythm, he basks by bowling with him strange spin-leg as well to make the hitters think.
“The other thing about Joe is that he doesn’t care too much about his ending, so he’s not overly technical about how the ball is kicked out and where his left arm is. Is he very tactical about how I’m going to get him out of his mind? Many players bowling technically work on what they’re doing, but they don’t always focus enough on the other end. “
Still on the cricket debate, Ramprakash and former England captain Graham Gooch discussed …
– How England changed things so quickly that she dominated the series
– Ask Mark Wood to persist with short ball tactics for long spells that risk another injury and why England has fixed itself with the ploy?
– Did Dom Bess fulfill his role for the team despite not taking a wicket in the second inning?
– The impact of Jeetan Patel as an English spin consultant
– Pressure on Faf du Plessis and a questionable review of the South African captain
January 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Watch the fifth day of the third test between South Africa and England, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.30 on Monday.