Kevin Pietersen impressed with Joe Root's debut Test innings for England against India

Last Updated: 14/12/12 6:58am

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Joe Root earned the plaudits from Kevin Pietersen after grinding out an unbeaten 31 on his England Test debut in Nagpur.

The 21-year-old shared an unbroken 60-run sixth-wicket stand with Matt Prior (34) as the tourists reached stumps against India on day one at 199-5.

The pitch proved a difficult prospect for the England batsmen although Pietersen produced a fine innings of 73 as England attempt to wrap up a series win in the final Test.

"Joe was brilliant. He's his own man, he played some lovely cricket shots, he's got a good head on his shoulders," Pietersen said.

"Never judge anybody after a couple of hours of batting for England but he's shown signs of what could be a very good Test career."

Pietersen admits the nature of the pitch makes it hard to predict how the Test will develop, with England just needing to avoid defeat to seal a series win.

"We're in an okay position at 200 for five but my guess is as good as anybody's in this room as to what that wicket's going to do," he said.

"I don't know what the wicket's going to do but goodness it's slow. The key to today was to try to bat for as long as possible because I don't think that wicket's getting better."

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