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NASSER HUSSAIN: Joe Root is back after hundred in Hamilton but the England captain's workload is still a concern Joe Root hit 114 runs not out from 278 balls for his 17th Test century for England   England reach 269-5 before rain ended play on day three of the second Test There's still a question over whether his captaincy is in England's best interests

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

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

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