Graham Thorpe saluted Joe Root’s “work ethics” as the England Captain will soon join the group of players who have played in 100 tests for England Cricket team.
Joe Root is all set to reach the landmark in the first test match of the four match test series against India in Chennai next week. In the process he will become 15th England player in 144 years of Test cricket to have played 100 test matches. Fellow batsman Graham Thorpe is one of the previous 14 players who have achieved the milestone in his Final International match against Bangladesh in 2005.
Graham Thorpe is working with Joe Root as an England Batting Coach. “To play a hundred Test matches, it’s no mean feat,” Thorpe told a conference call on Friday. “His family will be very proud. He has always remained humble. He is a great student of the game”.
“It is a real achievement because of the longevity of it,” added Thorpe, who himself scored nearly 7,000 Test runs.
“You need a good sense of humor to play that amount of cricket because you will experience highs but there will some moments in there where you have your lows.
“You have to show a bit of character and resilience, you have to keep adapting and sometimes you will have to tinker with your technique and you have to manage all of that.”
Thorpe while recalling his initial experience of watching Joe root in action added, “What I saw early on with Joe and I was fortunate enough to see some of his early games with Yorkshire, was character really. Character and temperament… He just had a great work ethic. He is always trying to get better.”
Joe Root as reached India for their India tour after showing his heroics with bat by scoring 228 & 186 runs during England’s match against Sri Lanka & clinching test series with 2-0 score. Joe Root centuries helped him climb up into top five of the test batting rankings.
“He has shown that in the series in Sri Lanka that he wants to be a good example,” said Thorpe of Root, who has scored 8,249 Test runs, including 19 centuries, at an impressive average of 49.39 in his cricketing career.
“The players who are in the team with him have a very good example to watch about how he goes about his business”, Thorpe signed off.