‘Amazing’ Joe Root seems to ‘thrive off’ pressure, says James Anderson

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Anderson believes Root has “got a big future ahead of him”

England pace bowler James Anderson has announced that batsman Joe Root, who made 180 during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, seems to “thrive off” pressure situations.

Anderson added that Root is an “amazing” and one-of-a-kind talent, especially given that he is only 22-years-old.

“He’s been amazing,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “There’s a lot of pressure on this series and for someone so young to take it in his stride, it’s a great credit to him — he seems to thrive off it, almost.

“The way he has dealt with it will stand him in good stead for the future and I’m sure he’s got a big future ahead of him.”

While the success of Root has been an encouraging sign for England, Anderson and the rest of the England camp are currently sweating over whether flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen will be fit enough to play the third Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester, after he sustained a calf injury during the second Test.

“As far as I know it was a strain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be fine for the Old Trafford Test,” Anderson said.

Anderson also admitted to being “excited” and a little nervous about the fact that he would be playing his first Ashes Test on his home ground during the third Test.

He noted that the pitch at Old Trafford should be very similar to that of Trent Bridge and Lord’s, whereby the pace bowlers will be able to get the ball to reverse swing, while the spinners will also get some turn and bounce off the surface.

“I can’t imagine it’ll be too different from what we’ve had in the first two games, so Swanny [Graeme Swann] should be involved at some point,” he said. “Reverse swing is very common at Old Trafford and it’s very dry, with the weather we’ve been having, so I imagine that’s the same at the moment.

“Obviously I’m delighted to be playing at my home ground, very excited about it. I’ve never played an Ashes Test there, I’ve not played a Test there for maybe three or four years. All my friends and family will be there watching so I can’t wait.”

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