"It will be emotional week for him": Joe Root ahead of "superstar" Bairstow's 100th Test

Sports Tuesday 05/March/2024 10:09 AM
"It will be emotional week for him": Joe Root ahead of "superstar" Bairstow's 100th Test

ANI | Updated: Mar 04, 2024 19:02 IST

New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): England's stalwart batter Joe Root hailed "superstar" Jonny Bairstow and stated that it will be an emotional week for the batter as he gears up to feature in his 100th Test game.

England's fifth game against India will mark his 100th Test appearance after head coach Brendon McCullum confirmed his place in the playing XI. The 34-year-old has been underwhelming in the series as he has amassed just 170 runs in four Test matches.

Ahead of Bairstow's milestone, Root talked about the wicketkeeper batter's personality and the emotional aspect of his upcoming record-breaking moment.

"Jonny was always the superstar. He had the difficult tag of following in his father's footsteps but he always lived up to it. He was someone who always excelled and was top of the class as we were coming through at Yorkshire," Root said on Sky Sports podcast.

"You know how much it means to him to play for England and it will be an emotional week for him. He likes to wear his emotions on his sleeve which I think makes him what he is. It brings the best out of him," he added.

Bairstow has been a pivotal figure for England in all formats due to his explosive batting nature and the versatility that he offers to the team.

The right-handed batter has the potential to play in different positions in the batting line-up as well as play the wicketkeeper's role according to the team's requirements.

"We have had numerous coaches who have wanted to balance the Test side and set up differently. With Jonny, you can play him as a batter, play him as a keeper-batter," Root said.

"He can offer so much and has such a wide range of skillsets that it can be misinterpreted at times what his best strengths are," Root added.

Overall, Bairstow has amassed 5974 in 99 Test appearances at an average of 36.4 and a strike rate of 58.7. He has 12 centuries and 26 fifties to his name as well.

England will face India on Thursday in the final Test of the five-match series at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala.

India have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series following their five-wicket win in Ranchi.