According to New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, Joe Root may be a “fantastic” player, but facing pacer Colin de Grandhomme will be a challenge for the England captain.
De Grandhomme did not enable Root to score off 29 of the 30 balls he delivered to the English captain in the ongoing first Test.
On the second day of the first Test, the New Zealand all-rounder tricked Root on many times.
From the Lord’s balcony, Jurgensen “liked” watching De Grandhomme bowl at Root as the pacer dominated the proceedings against the England captain.
“Colin certainly presents a challenge for Joe. Joe’s such a fantastic player … a very good captain, and it’s a great battle, and me personally, I love watching it from up on the balcony,” Jurgensen was quoted by stuff.co.nz as saying.
“On the speed radar you may see 115-125 kilometres per hour, but as you see when he hits the cricket ball, and he hits it a long way, he’s extremely strong, so he does bowl a heavy ball and I think that’s what you say yesterday, he had the ball either jumping up or down and was getting some movement,” he added.
Meanwhile, weather ruined the third day’s play, and not a single ball was bowl before the game was call off owing to weather.
The start of the game was initially postpone, and then the entire day was rain out.