England batsman Joe Root has put his career-best innings down to the “hurt” caused by batting coach Mark Ramprakash questioning his mental approach. Root hit 254 in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, then 71 not out as the hosts won by 330 runs.
It followed some soft dismissals which the 25-year-old says had led Ramprakash to question if he was “mentally in the right place to play Test cricket”. “That sort of hurt me. It was a good motivator,” said Root.
The Yorkshire player’s first-innings score helped England to level the series with Pakistan following a defeat at Lord’s in the first Test, when two poor shots saw him out for 48 and nine. “I knew I needed to put a really big performance in at Old Trafford so I worked really hard in practice and spoke to Mark Ramprakash,” Root added.
“All he said was, ‘It must be your mental approach to things because your game looks in good order’. “It’s actually exactly what I needed to hear and that’s why he is such a good batting coach.” Meanwhile, fellow batsman Nick Compton, dropped for the Pakistan series, says the likes of Ramprakash are helping to establish an England team that will “ride away for a number of years”.
The Middlesex batsman told BBC Test Match Special: “They’ve got a strong squad in all forms. It’s a good team, they’ve really got the balance right – it’s relaxed but its professional. “I think [head coach] Trevor Bayliss clearly brought that to the squad, but of course there’s a lot of professional people in there, like Mark Ramprakash and [assistant coach] Paul Farbrace, who does a lot of hard work behind the scenes.” The third Test against Pakistan starts at Edgbaston on 3 August.(BBC,2016)