Delicious! Dawid Malan claims he had the ‘best seat in the house’ to watch the ‘phenomenal’ Joe Root bat after England captain reaches another century as hosts dominate third Test with India
- Joe Root reached another century to put England in control of the third test with India
- The England captain made 121 as England finished day two at 423-8, a 345 lead
- The barrel was Root’s third century of the India series and his sixth in 2021 alone
- Dawid Malan praised the ‘ease and speed’ of Root’s ‘phenomenal’ percussion
Dawid Malan praised ‘phenomenal’ Joe Root after the England captain scored a further 100 to take home his team’s advantage in the third Test in Leeds.
Root made 121, his third century of the series and sixth in 2021 alone, and Malan contributed 70 in his first Test innings over three years as England finished day two at 423 for eight, ahead of India by 345.
“It’s great to have the best seat in the house when he plays as well as he did,” Malan said. “He’s phenomenal, isn’t he?
Dawid Malan (right) greeted Joe Root (left) whose ton has put England in control against India
The England captain made 121 before falling to give his side a 345 lead. in the first innings
“He just scores runs all the time. And it’s the ease and the speed with which he does it: you look up and suddenly he’s 20, and you can’t remember a shot he played.
“He moves his feet so well and hits the ball so much later than everyone else. And if there’s a bad ball, it puts you away, like all the great ones.
“If you had given us 350 runs as a lead at the start of the match we would have chewed your arm off, but it’s still a very good wicket out there.”
The barrel was Root’s (top) 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’ after tickling the last ball before tea down the side of the leg, finishing a third wicket score with his captain of 139.
But he admitted he now had a bigger prize in mind.
“There are still five big turns to go in this series, if selected, and I have to show why I should be in Australia this winter.”