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Joe Root’s England Put In The Perfect Performance In Chennai Test: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain

Joe Root-led England came out with a “perfect performance” against India in the first Test, which the team won by 227 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, according to former England captain Nasser Hussain.

Nasser Hussain, however, believes that England should expect India to fight back in the remaining three matches of the four-Test matches, the second of which begins from Saturday at the same venue.

Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Nasser Hussain: People Wrote England Off Predicting India Win By  4-0 But England Put In Perfect Performance

In the first innings, England skipper Joe Root played a knock of 218 runs and he also became the first player in the history of cricket to register a double century in his 100th Test.

“People were writing England off, saying this series could be 4-0 to India. No one really gave this side much of a chance. India had been on top of their game, had won in Australia. Virat Kohli was back and India is a very difficult place to go and win in Test match cricket,” wrote Nasser Hussain in his latest column for Sky Sports.

“So this win for England has to be right up there, especially away from home. They put in the perfect performance. From ball one to the final delivery, it was outstanding. They now need to carry it on,” he added.

India(Virat Kohli) vs England(Joe Root)
India(Virat Kohli) vs England(Joe Root)

With this loss, England jumped to the first spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings while India has slipped to the fourth spot. On day five of the first Test, James Anderson and Jack Leach stole the show for England as they took seven wickets among themselves to bundle out the hosts for 192 chasing a stiff target of 420 to win.

Nasser Hussain Praises Joe Root And Predicts He Will Break All Records Going Past Alaister Cook

India had lost the first Test in Adelaide against Australia on their last tour, which saw them getting bowled out for their lowest-ever Test total of 36. However, under the leadership of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, India registered a stunning comeback with two wins and a draw in the remaining three matches to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“England are going to have to expect India to come back at them,” Nasser Hussain remarked.

“India lost the first Test in Australia, when they were bowled out for 36, but came back and won the series, while England might also lose the toss in the second Test, and it will be harder. But they have done everything they can do so far,” he added.

The 52-year-old further praised Joe Root, who scored a brilliant 218 in the first innings and then followed it up with a quickfire 40. Joe Root has now played 100 Tests scoring 8,507 runs with the help of 20 hundred and 49 half-centuries and is third on the list of leading run-scorers for England.

“Root sure is one of England’s greats. He will probably end up breaking all records, he will probably go past Sir Alastair Cook’s 161 Test matches and probably tally of runs as well,” said Hussain.

Alaister Cook And Joe Root
Alaister Cook And Joe Root. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“He is in great nick, only 30 years old, and if you did a list of all-time England batting greats – the ones I have seen anyway – you’d have to have Root with Cook, Graham Gooch and Kevin Pietersen,” he added.

Joe Root led England for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. In the first Test, he scored 228, his 18th Test century which was his first for 13 months. His run of form continued into the second Test, where, he scored 186. His form continued against India as well in the 1st Test where he scored 218 and 40.

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