England v New Zealand: Andy Flower hails ‘outstanding’ Joe Root
England v New Zealand: Andy Flower lavishes praise on Yorkshire youngster Joe Root for his "outstanding" second Test display
Andy Flower has lavished praise on Yorkshire batsman Joe Root after the youngster’s outstanding performance in England’s second Test triumph against New Zealand.
The 22-year-old scored his first England ton on day two in front of his home crowd at Headingley to put the hosts in a strong position to eventually beat the Black Caps and seal a series win.
Flower has been impressed by the youngster’s temperament since breaking into the England set-up during their tour of India – and the team director believes Root can handle future challenges this summer.
“His decision-making in the middle has been outstanding since he was first given the chance to play international cricket,” Flower told the ECB’s website.
“He has not only handled it very well, but he’s really enjoyed it – which is nice to see.
“Of course, there are going to be tough times for him in the future but he has handled it brilliantly so far and those are great signs.”
Flower was particularly enthused to see another Yorkshire starlet Jonny Bairstow at the crease when his club team-mate reached the milestone on Saturday.
He added: “Wasn’t it great seeing those two Yorkshire youngsters bat together? The crowd were sensational and they really showed their appreciation when they both got to 50 and Root got to his hundred; and it was great to see Jonny Bairstow really, genuinely happy for Joe when he scored his hundred.”