Dawid Malan hails Joe Root after yet another century against India

Tonderful! Dawid Malan claims he had the ‘best seat in the house’ to watch ‘phenomenal’ Joe Root bat after the England captain hits another century as hosts dominate third Test with India

  • Joe Root hit another century to put England in control of the third Test with India 
  • The England captain made 121 as England ended day two on 423-8, a lead of 345 
  • The ton was Root’s third century of the India series and his sixth in 2021 alone
  • Dawid Malan praised the ‘ease and the speed’ of Root’s ‘phenomenal’ batting  

Dawid Malan praised ‘phenomenal’ Joe Root after England’s captain scored yet another hundred to drive home his team’s advantage in the third Test at Leeds.

Root made 121, his third century of the series and sixth in 2021 alone, and Malan contributed 70 in his first Test innings for three years as England closed day two on 423 for eight, a lead of 345 over India.

‘It’s great to have the best seat in the house when he plays as well as he did,’ said Malan. ‘He’s phenomenal, isn’t he? 

Dawid Malan (right) hailed Joe Root (left) whose ton has put England in control against India

The England captain made 121 before falling to give his side a first-innings lead of 345

‘He just scores runs all the time. And it’s the ease and speed with which he does it: you look up and suddenly he’s 20, and you can’t remember a shot he’s played.

‘He moves his feet so well and hits the ball so much later than everyone else. And if there’s a bad ball, he puts you away, like all the greats.

‘If you’d given us 350 runs as a lead at the start of the game, we’d have chewed your arm off, but it’s still a very good wicket out there.’ 

The ton was Root’s (above) third century of the series and the 30-year-old’s sixth in 2021 alone

Malan said he felt he had ‘left a few runs out there’ after tickling the final ball before tea down the leg side, ending a third-wicket stand with his captain of 139. But he admitted he now had his eyes on a bigger prize.

‘There are five big innings left in this series, if selected, and I have to show why I should be in Australia this winter.’

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