England’s Test captain, Joe Root seeks batting mechanics from an old friend before he begins his campaign against New Zealand. The right-handed batsman has been struggling with his form recently in the longest format of the game. During the Ashes series, Root failed to score a single century and struggled often.
To resurge his batting abilities, Root has undergone batting sessions with Josh Varley, the head coach of Sheffield Collegiate. “He's actually younger than me,” Root said. “But from being 12 and 13 years old, we threw balls at each other all day at Abbeydale. We've been doing a bit of work together. Not so much technical stuff. There's been a lot of throwing.
“So just throwing a few ideas around and getting different points of view, ways of looking at things is sometimes nice. It's outside of the bubble, if you like. But every now and again, when you are out of it, it's quite nice to go to other people and for someone like Josh, it is almost helping develop a young coach, trying to give him confidence. An opportunity to help me along the way will hopefully help him.” Root further added.
England will take on New Zealand in 5 T20I matches and 2 Test matches starting next month. Joe Root has been rested for the T20I series but he will be back in the Test series, leading his side from the front.