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‘An hour batting on one leg’ – Joe Root’s dad on the England batter’s dedication

Joe Root’s father, Matt Root, has offered insight into his son’s dedication to batting after he made yet another Test century in the second match of the England v New Zealand series at Trent Bridge.

Rooty’s 27th Test century – and his 10th since the start of 2021 – was a truly remarkable knock as he made his fastest hundred with some stunning strokeplay before reaching 176 to take the hosts close to the Kiwis’ first innings total.

His frustration after being dismissed for that lofty total shows just what a special player he is and we got further insight into his dedication to batting via his father Matt Root.

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Speaking to Test Match Special, Rooty’s dad discussed his son’s love for the art of batting and how he kept himself going while there was no cricket being played.

“Joe just loves batting,” he explained. “As a kid, wherever someone would bowl at him he’d be there with a bat.

“During COVID he got one of the Root Academy ball feeders that we have and he’d be there for an hour batting on one leg for balance. There’s a video somewhere of him doing it.

“He just loves doing it, he just loves batting.”

We are all set for a thrilling final day of the second Test at Trent Bridge and Rooty’s dedication to batting may well be needed by England once again.

New Zealand lead by 238 with just three wickets remaining after Ben Stokes’ side finished day 4 strongly so it looks as though we are set for another fourth innings chase today.

It would be no surprise to see Rooty knock off the winning runs, as he did at Lord’s.