Daily Express

Smile of the century is Root of things

- By Dean Wilson

JOE ROOT’S ability to see the funny side during his England career has been a key ingredient on his march to his 100th Test next week.

And as one of only 14 men to have reached that landmark, Graham Thorpe knows what it takes when it comes to long Test careers.

Thorpe, the eighth man to reach a century of England appearance­s in 2005 and now batting coach, would tell anyone who would listen the young Root was one to look out for.

He said: “It is a real achievemen­t. You need a good sense of humour to play that amount of cricket.

“You will experience highs but there will be lows and you have to show character and resilience. You have to keep adapting and sometimes you will have to tinker with your technique.

“He’s always remained humble, he is a great student of the game and has a great hunger to score runs.”

Thorpe coached Root in the Lions and got him on the India tour in 2012. “What I saw early on was character. He had a great work ethic and tried to work things out for himself,” said Thorpe.

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