Root a model for Windies cricketers, says Sir Garry


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)


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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