first_imgEngland’s Test captain Joe Root starred with the bat in the ODI series against India and hit the headlines for his ‘mic-drop’ celebration after scoring a match-winning century at Headingley.Joe Root had led the way for England with the bat scoring 216 runs in the three ODIs with 113 not out and 100 not out in the second and third ODIs respectively.In the series-decider at Headingley, Root celebrated the win by dropping his bat with India captain Virat Kohli watching on. It seemed like he was making a statement prior to the Test series against Kohli and Co.Watch Joe Root’s bat drop celebration after England beat India in ODI seriesBut according to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, everyone in the dressing room pulled Root’s leg for the celebration and he also faced a lot of criticism from some sections of the cricketing fraternity.”I know he’s copped a lot of stick for it,” Bairstow said, smiling.”I don’t think that’ll be coming out anytime soon! It was good fun and he deserved to get man of the series the way that he went out and guided us through, especially at Headingley.”Hopefully he goes out and keeps scoring the runs that he’s scored in the last two games,”Bairstow said.RT if youd have preferred @root66 to whip his shirt off & run round Headingley rather than that bat drop. Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 18, 2018Joe Root’s bat-drop in front of Virat Kohli could be a huge mistakeadvertisementJoe Root himself described his celebration as the most embarrassing thing he had done on a cricket field.”It was something that I immediately regretted,” Root said.”I’ve not heard the end of it, it was literally the most embarrassing thing I’ve done on a cricket field. I don’t think it will be the last I hear of it from the group – they’ve been hammering me.”You’d think if you were going to do a celebration like that, you’d have smacked it 30 yards out of the ground. It was just an absolute car crash,” Root said.Joe Root hits a four, to score a century, and win the series. One way to celebrate. (@SimonNRicketts) July 17, 2018Joe Root silenced his critics in style during the ODI series against India, smashing two successive hundreds in the last two matches to lead England to a 2-1 series victory.The twin centuries in the series helped Root climb four places to second in the latest ODI rankings released on Wednesday.Jonny Bairstow meanwhile, went on to add that England will look to carry forward the momentum of their come-from-behind ODI series triumph against India into the Test series.The five-Test series against India follows England’s 2-1 ODI series win over the tourists which helped them cement their place as the world’s top-ranked one-day side.”There’s an overlap of players between the Test and the one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence,” Jonny Bairstow said.”Playing against the number two side in the world when you’re ranked at one there’s always pressure on it and to win that series was something we set out to do.”We will take confidence from that into the Test team but at the same time it’s something that we know with Test cricket is completely different.”It’s a different formula, a different game and different personnel within the team,” Jonny Bairstow told Sky Sports News.last_img

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