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Joe Root Eager To Erase New Nickname

Joe Root Eager To Erase New Nickname
Joe Root is keen to erase the new nickname given to him by his teammates.
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England’s young batting sensation Joe Root may be going through a rich vein of form with the bat but is working hard to erase a newly acquired nickname from his teammates.

The 24-year-old’s tendency to be involved in run outs has caused him to be compared to the legendary Geoffrey Boycott by teammates.

"There was only one slight problem - everyone's calling me Geoffrey.

"Much as I admire the man I've been named after, my fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott, I'm not all that keen on being compared to him for my running between the wickets.”

England lost three wickets to run outs in their first innings in Grenada with Root being involved in all of them.

Root reveals that the nickname "Geoffrey" which has become popular among the England players was coined by skipper Alastair Cook.

Seeming visibly amused at the incident, the talented batsman didn’t resist from taking a humorous dig at his captain.

"I've got Alastair Cook to thank for that.

“He came up with the name, and he's probably old enough to remember a few of Geoffrey's run outs anyway - and as I reminded him, he bats a bit like Boycott did as well."

Boycott was famous for his running between the wickets which caused frequent run outs with Derek Randall being the most common victim.

Root’s run out syndrome cost him a double century in Grenada as last man Jimmy Anderson was run out leaving the former stranded on 182 not out.

"It does seem a bit unfair when I couldn't really be blamed for Jimmy Anderson's run out, which was the last of the three," Root added.

"Even Jimmy has admitted he was being a bit dozy, but I can confirm that Lancashire-Yorkshire relations are fine between the two of us."

Root has been phenomenal in Tests for England in the last year racking up three centuries and five fifties in his last 10 innings.

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