Joe Root chose Ukulele mostly because of it's portability to carry safely, whereas a guitar was the first choice for him © Getty Images (File Photo)
Joe Root chose Ukulele mostly because of it’s portability to carry safely, whereas a guitar was the first choice for him © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 9, 2014

Joe Root has the two essential qualities to make it to the England‘s World Cup squad, batting at no. 4 and bowling off-breaks. However, he his working on his skills with ukulele off the pitch to clear his mind before the World Cup preparations get underway.

He is yet to master the art despite his horrendous efforts so far and claims to entertain himself and his teammates till the time he touches down on Australia and New Zealand, reports The Guardian.

However, Root may currently scrap his Ukulele class for a few days as England are on the verge of suffering a series defeat against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. On being asked about his Ukulele preparations, he said, “Now and again, yes … [but] I’m horrendous at it. I can’t really sing, so I try to make sure I play loud enough so no one can hear that. It sounds horrendous at the minute. But I hope, one day, it might sound all right,” he added.

Root chose Ukulele mostly because of it’s portability to carry safely, whereas a guitar was the first choice for him. “I wanted to learn the guitar. But you can’t really lug it around. If guys want to take golf clubs and stuff [on tour], it would be a bit selfish of me try to take up space with a guitar — and I can fit the ukulele in my suitcase…You can end up spending a lot of time indoors. If it gets dark, you can’t really play too much golf … so it’s a good way of relaxing, and staying off my feet,” he said.