sport news Jos Buttler hails Joe Root's batting 'masterclass' in Sri Lanka

Jos Buttler hails Joe Root's batting 'masterclass' following his 186 against Sri Lanka and praises England captain's 'hunger' after maintaining his stunning form from the first Test Jos Buttler has hailed Joe Root's powers of concentration, endurance and skill Root produced a marathon effort of 186 to reduce England's deficit in Sri Lanka He was eventually run out in the final over of day three after an epic innings It came after the 30-year-old captain's brilliant 228 at the same venue last week

By Richard Gibson For Mailonline

Published: 15:23 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 15:24 GMT, 24 January 2021

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Jos Buttler paid tribute to Joe Root's powers of concentration, endurance and skill after another epic innings held England's batting together in Galle.

Root, who has spent all but half an hour of the second Test on the field, repelled everything that Sri Lanka threw at him with the ball and fought off sapping temperatures, attacks of cramp and back spasms in a marathon effort of 186 that was only terminated by a stunning run-out by Oshada Fernando from short leg in the final over of the third day.

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It continued the 30-year-old's brilliant 228 on the same ground last week and helped his side to within 42 runs of the hosts' 381 with one wicket standing.

Jos Buttler hailed Joe Root's batting in the first innings of the second Test as a 'masterclass'

Jos Buttler hailed Joe Root's batting in the first innings of the second Test as a 'masterclass'

Root continued his stunning form in Galle after a brilliant 228 on the same ground last week

Root continued his stunning form in Galle after a brilliant 228 on the same ground last week

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