WATCH: Joe Root’s unusual dismissal sparks new debate about his technique in BazBall Cricket

Joe Root's failure has created a new debate after Michael Vaughan's bold observation post the defeat in Visakhapatnam during the India vs England 2024 series.

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England started the third day of the third Test against India with Joe Root and Ben Duckett walking into bat. The score was 207/2 at the end of the second day’s play. The visitors were trailing by just 238 runs as they took to the field again. 

Jasprit Bumrah was making Joe Root’s life difficult with the ball reverse-swinging. The Indian pacer had got the better of the former England skipper for the ninth time in Tests. This was the third time in three Tests that Root had fallen to Bumrah. 

Struggling to get going, Joe Root tried to improvise and play his now-famous reverse scoop. The ball was travelling quickly but Yashasvi Jaiswal showed good reflexes and took a smart catch. India had struck their first blow of the day as Root went back to the hut for just 18 runs. 

Michael Vaughan’s advice to Joe Root proves true – 

After the defeat in Vizag, former England skipper Michael Vaughan had advised Joe Root to ditch BazBall. The 49-year-old had asked Root to play his own game and stick to his core principles. 

While writing in the Telegraph Newspaper, Vaughan shared his views which read, “The batsmen look like they have only one way to play. They are in fifth gear from ball one. I don’t mind some of them playing like that because they are better at it. But Joe Root should forget it. He has 10,000 Test runs playing like Joe Root. He doesn’t need to play BazBall.”

The former English legend also wrote, “It is time for someone in the management to put an arm around Joe and say please be yourself. This is particularly important against spin. Along with Graham Gooch, Root is the best player of spin England has ever produced. To see him bat the way he did in the second innings, that isn’t Root. It’s not the way England are going to win in India, by giving wickets away.”

In the same article, Vaughan also felt that Bumrah seemed to have the edge over the former England skipper. “The trouble in India is that Jasprit Bumrah seems to have his number. Having dismissed him 8 times in Test cricket. That means he’s got a problem with the only seamer who will bowl much to him,” he said.

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