Root hopeful of more long innings


England batsman, Joe Root, who struck a mammoth 254 to help England to a commanding position in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, is hopeful that he can record more big knocks.

Root was at the wicket for more than 10 hours, and smashed 27 boundaries during his memorable knock in Manchester.

Speaking after play on day 2 Root said: "It was very satisfying, very pleasing to finally go and make one count,

"It's very nice to get a big score early on batting at three, and I hope it's the first of a few."

After a disappointing Test at Lord's the Yorkshireman was keen to bounce back, and make the most of his opportunity to bat at 3: "They were poor dismissals (at Lord's), and I've worked very hard this week to try and take them out of my game — and given the opportunity, to make it count,

"That's why I was so revved up when I got to 200, because it was a lot of hard work paying off."

Root was delighted with the way England built a series of partnerships to get into a winning position: "More than anything, I thought the way we continued to build partnerships … to take the game away from Pakistan, was exactly what we needed to do. It could have been very easy for us to lose a couple of early wickets and let them back into the game.

"But Chris played outstandingly well this morning, and then the guys who came in afterwards continued that."

Despite Root's dominance, Chris Woakes has put in another great all round performance smashing a fifty before taking four wickets in Pakistan's first innings and Root had nothing but praise for the 27-year-old: "He's been outstanding this summer, and it's great to see,

"It just shows where he is with his game at the moment, coming to Cookie last night and saying 'I want to do the nightwatchman, I want to get out there and play'.

"It's great to have guys in the squad taking responsibility and wanting to stick their hand up and make a statement to the team and the opposition."