By Nasser Hussain for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:34 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 22:45 GMT, 1 December 2019
There is no doubt Joe Root is a phenomenal batsman and no one has been questioning that. The point has always been whether the captaincy is in his or, crucially, England's best interests.
What happens in this Test will not answer that, but encouragingly, the longer he batted on the third day, the more he went back to the technique that has served him well most of his career.
I have always felt, even when he was going through a run of failure in the Ashes, that Root had no need to make drastic changes to that technique, because when I coach kids I always tell them Root is the one to emulate.
Joe Root raises his bat after reaching his century against New Zealand on Sunday
He has the best tempo of any of England's modern batsmen and the only thing that had gone wrong, as happens in an international career, is that he was a little out of sync and had temporarily lost his timing.
Root had started to go early with his foot movements and, as a consequence, he was getting planted in the crease, whereas when everything is right he just gives his foot a little tap, gets into position and off he goes.
So I did not agree with the work he did with his old coach from Sheffield Collegiate ahead of this series. In the first Test, there was too much change to Root's technique, whereas all he had to do was go back to what he does best.
We have heard from the England camp about their desire to bat time in this series but all they needed to do was what Root and Rory Burns did on the third day — just bat the