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It is already well documented just how good of a batsman Joe Root is, but the 26-year-old is aiming to play more of a role with the ball after having a lot of success in the recent two-match ODI series against Ireland.
Not only did Root score 122 runs at an average of 122 in the series, which England won 2-0, but he also claimed five wickets at an average of 12.20.
“It’s so much better than scoring runs!” Root joked. “I can see why some of the bowlers get so excited at times because it’s great fun. If I can play that role, I hope that gives us a bit more strength in other departments if need be.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a ‘born-again bowler’, but it was nice to roll the arm over again. I suppose it’s just if I’m required… and if someone doesn’t get hold of me as well!
“It’s been good to try a few different variations – change things up in terms of pace, arm height, release point.
“A few things that I tried worked – and I hope I can continue to develop those variations, as small as they might be, and still be effective.
“A big part of my bowling is the mental side of it, trying to work out the conditions, the batters, the risk-reward in what might work in terms of field placings – and see if they’ll take a gamble against me.”
With Root having fared well with the ball against Ireland, it will be interesting to see if he is called on more often during England’s ODI series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy.