Darren Gough: Root’s ‘mic-drop’ moment underlines why his instinct is a must England on all fronts

Boom: Joe Root drops his bat as way of celebrating his century for England at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday. It was an unconventional means of celebration but one that TYP columnist Darren Gough believes deserves credit. (Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWPix.com)
Boom: Joe Root drops his bat as way of celebrating his century for England at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday. It was an unconventional means of celebration but one that TYP columnist Darren Gough believes deserves credit. (Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWPix.com)
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Joe Root showed his brilliance in scoring 100 as England won the ODI series 2-1 against India at Headingley.

I just do not understand why people can even contemplate dropping him as he is England’s ‘Plan B’.

When you have a player like that who can work out a Chinaman left-arm slow bowler in three or four games, he is the only one who can do that.

He should be in all forms of the game. He is a fantastic player.

I saw a worrying article last week saying that because of T20 and not being a definite starter for England in that form or being picked for the Indian Premier League, Root is talking about playing a spell in the Big Bash between the Sri Lanka and West Indies tours.

Is that what we want – a player like him with a huge workload going off to prove how good he is in another tournament in Australia?

Is that what we want – A player like him with a huge workload going off to prove how good he is in another tournament in Australia?

Darren Gough

We need to get it right. He should be a definite starter in all forms of the game.

It is a difficult selection policy at the minute in that the winning captain has to stay in the side and Eoin Morgan is captain in the one-day game.

It is proving a bit of a headache for the coach to pick the starting 11.

I hope it does not drag on.

As for Root’s ‘mic-drop’ celebration in the win at Headingley, I just thought it was funny and I had a chuckle.

It’s maybe a bit embarrassing with the coverage it has got.

But I’ve nothing against players doing different stuff to celebrate.

When I went back to Yorkshire, I tried to bring the fun back and we did stupid things when we got wickets. It can bring a team together.

What Joe did will have been talked about in the dressing room and for the rest of the year as well.

I had no problem with it.