Joe Root

Joe Root’s (above) footwork to the new ball is a cause for concern, says Geoffrey Boycott © Getty Images

Aug 20, 2013

Geoffrey Boycott, the former England captain, has opined that opening batsman Joe Root’s footwork is causing him problems upfront. In the ongoing Ashes series, Root has had only one innings of note — 180 at Lord’s.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph Boycott said“To Root I say one swallow does not make a summer. One big century in the second innings at Lord’s, superb as it was, is not convincing us or yourself that you are ready to be an England opener. We all marvel at your concentration, range of shots and maturity for one so young. But somehow the footwork against the new ball is not there.”

Boycott also explained what is going wrong and wrote that he is staying back to the seamers, and not planting his foot forward. He also stated that the new ball will cause a batsman problems if his technique is not in place. Boycott said that the opening batsman does not have as much time as a middle-order batsman as he has to tackle the new ball, which will get the better of him if he is out of place.

“Joe, you have had eight innings and seven failures. Two more failures on top will not do your confidence any good for the return Ashes. It would leave us all wondering if it was a mistake to move you from middle order to up front so soon,” Boycott warned. He did however, end his column with a few words of encouragement, urging Root to perform in the fifth Test at The Oval.