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Joe Root brings calmness to batting line-up - Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad appeals for a wicket on day two of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
Stuart Broad appeals for a wicket on day two of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
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England fast bowler Stuart Broad opined that the presence of maverick batsman Joe Root brings about a sense of calm in the batting order.

Ever since he made his debut in 2012, Root has been among the highest run getters for England year on year.

Broad feels that Root has a natural ability to cope with spin and that his calm approach rubs off on the rest of the England players.

"He's very natural against the spin.

"He doesn't look panicked or rushed, he just knows his areas to score and plays it.

“He's got us in a good position.

"I think Joe has brought a lot of calmness to the batting unit - and Cooky (Cook), he played beautifully today and set a nice platform - but Joe brings a calmness the young guys can feed off."

In 2015, Joe Root has 1195 runs from 12 matches, including the ongoing second Test, a record that has been only surpassed by Alastair Cook.

Root was crucial in England reclaiming the Ashes earlier this year, standing apart as the highest run scorer for his team with 460 runs from five matches at an average of 57.50.

Stating that Root is one of the best players against spin he has played with, Broad opined that the 24-year-old was adept at picking the lengths of the bowlers.

"Joe's been in great form in 2015 - I saw Cooky (Cook) and Joe's stats and they were quite similar - and he's as good a player of spin as any Englishmen that I've played with.

"I wouldn't liken him to anyone but the way he judges length is brilliant.

“He doesn't look like he's in, sweeping and dancing because he's not sure what to do."

In the ongoing second Test against Pakistan, Root is currently unbeaten on 76 and according to Broad, his knock will be crucial if England are to post a big total.

"He certainly looks like a senior the way he moves in the field.

“He's been crucial to us winning series in the past year and tomorrow, hopefully, will be his day.

“Because if he can be the guy we bat around, we have a few guys who make half-centuries, we should make 400-plus."

After Pakistan ended the first day on 284 for four, England came back strongly to pick six wickets in the first session of the second day.

Broad is extremely pleased with England’s bowling performance but believes that the most crucial phase of the game will be the first hour of the third day.

"We are delighted as a bowling unit to get ten wickets on a first-day pitch for under 400.

“It was good to only lose three wickets for a decent score, you always say it but the next hour is the most important and tomorrow morning is probably the biggest hour in the game."

At the end of day two, England were trailing Pakistan by 196 runs after having scored 182 for three in the 51 overs that they faced.

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