Root a model for Windies cricketers, says Sir Garry

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March 14, 2017
England's Joe Root plays a shot during the second one day international cricket match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, on March 5. (AP Photo)

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers has urged the current crop of West Indies players to follow the example set by England stroke-maker Joe Root.

The 80-year-old Sir Garry, Barbados' only living national hero and widely considered the greatest cricketer to have played the game, said Windies players lacked motivation and application - qualities which he identified in the new England Test captain.

"I think the English are more adapted and I think that they are more concentrated and they seem to be well on top of their game. They seem to work situations out very well," Sir Garry told a media throng last weekend.

"I love Joe Root. I think he's a wonderful player and I think he works it out. You can see when he goes in and pulls a ball, he tries to get himself in and he's got all the shots in the world.

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