Joe Root ‘pleased’ at England’s clinical bowling performance

The England captain praised James Anderson and rest of his bowling unit after his team’s comprehensive victory over India on Sunday.

James Anderson (in picture) is “something that doesn’t come along very often,” says Joe Root.   -  AFP

Joe Root has refuted the idea that India failed to put up a fight in the second Test.

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"I don’t see any lack of fight, or lack of trying. India are doing everything they can, but from my perspective, I’m so pleased we’re bowling as well as we are. That’s what’s been the difference, not necessarily India but how well we have performed, the areas we’ve put the ball in, the questions we have asked of them. When you build pressure for long periods it’s difficult as a batter to get through that sometimes. We’ve given them nothing," he said.

‘Special commodity’

Root hailed James Anderson's contribution. "He’s a special, special commodity, isn’t he. He’s something that doesn’t come along very often and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around, there’s been chat about his longevity but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has before. [He has] 100 wickets here at Lord’s now, time and again he puts in fantastic performances, and you know if he’s not taking wickets he’s going at two an over so he always gives you control, as have the rest of the guys throughout this series."

He was not thinking of a 5-0 win yet, Root stated. "If you get too far ahead of yourself, this game has got a funny way of biting back at you. We haven’t played the perfect performance yet, and that’s something we’ve got to keep striving towards, regardless of what team India have at Trent Bridge."