Joe Root crushes the ‘targeting’ cliché

Joe Root (via Channel 5)

Joe Root has done many great things in international cricket. He launched England’s rebound in 2015 and kicked off the last Ashes with a magnificent hundred later the same summer. Now he’s shone a light on the fundamental bullshittery of ‘targeting’ the opposition’s captain/best batsman.

“I’ve heard a lot of chat about targeting me, in particular,” he said. “That’s always the talk. From our point of view, we’ll be targeting every single one of them – we won’t be singling any one out. To win a Test you’ve got to take 20 wickets.”

If he ploughs through his captaincy stint methodically undermining all of cricket’s clichés, we’ll happily allow him to bat James Vince at three.

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8 Appeals

  1. I detect an anomaly.

    ‘”To win a Test you’ve got to take 20 wickets.” If he ploughs through his captaincy stint methodically undermining all of cricket’s clichés…’

    To be fair, at least that cliché is true (in the absence of declarations, retired hurts, etc).

  2. Just waiting on his post match interview after England have been pummeled at the Gabba. “Momentum? Yeah, it’s bullshit”.

  3. I like Joe’s statement, but I prefer Moeen’s profound quote:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41965951

    Our boys.

  4. Two unusual results.

    Nepal beat defending champions India at U-19 Asia Cup.

    Bangladesh knock India out of U-19 Asia Cup.

    At the end of the group stage, Group A was topped by Bangladesh, followed by Nepal, with India and Malaysia marooned in 3rd and 4th. Afghanistan topped Group B, then Pakistan, with Sri Lanka and UAE outside the qualifying positions.

    Bangladesh face Pakistan in the first semi-final on Thursday, Afghanistan play Nepal for the other berth in the final on Friday.

    • This Afghanistan bowler named Mujeeb (just Mujeeb) seems like he might be pretty good. 6-23 against Pakistan to bowl them out for 57. And he’s only 16.

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