Most people seem to be saying ‘Joe Root is amazing’ but we’ll take it down a few notches from there. We’re still forming an opinion. There’s no rush.
The story so far seems to have followed this course:
- He looks an excellent stodgy blocker
- Wait, he can score quick runs
- Wow, he can do everything
Set against that, our thoughts have been:
- Hard to judge whether he can do more
- Looked like other players could have scored quicker
- He seems okay
Today’s 79 off 56 balls against New Zealand was more impressive than the last one-day innings which saw everyone waxing lyrical. On that previous occasion, there seemed to be too many missed reverse sweeps to our eyes. Even if he scored well overall, we saw someone who was maybe trying too hard.
Today’s innings was far less awkward and you’d bet that he’ll get stronger and start hitting safer sixes as well. Set against that is the fact that he was dropped twice, so it could have turned out quite differently. He’s far from flawless.
We’re just playing devil’s advocate here. If you look 15 and play like a 30-year-old, everyone loses perspective.