Cheeky Anderson takes a dig at Root

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The English fast bowler, James Anderson took a dig at the former captain Joe Root at the Lord’s fundraiser. The 41-year-old was asked about Joe Root in an interview in which he criticized the former captain.
Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sir Alastair Cook, and Jonny Bairstow participated in a Q&A with host Mark Nicholas at the event, which supported the Bob Willis Fund and the Go Well Fund.
The host Mark Nicholas asked Anderson about Joe Root and his captaincy. Anderson paused for a bit and replied, ‘He wasn’t a great captain’.

The Relationship

Joe Root and Anderson had a bitter-sweet relationship between them. Anderson admitted that the captaincy made the friendship harder. He said,

“The deeper he has got into the captaincy the harder it’s been to be as matey as we probably were.”

The fast bowler was recently dropped against West Indies at home under his captaincy.

Mutual Respect

He also praised him saying that Broad performed the best under his captaincy.

“There’s been a lot talked about in that respect, but for me, I think I have performed at my best under his captaincy. I thanked him as well for his support throughout the last few years.”

Anderson said that Joe Root kept encouraging him throughout his injury period. Root wanted him to carry on playing and get the best out of him as a bowler.

“He rested me at times to try and make sure I could just keep going for as long as I possibly could. So there’s a lot of mutual respect there and for me, he’s always been a really good mate as well”,

the man from Burnley concluded.

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