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

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

  • Share:

Sky Bet

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."

  • Share:


India v England, 4th Test

Andy Flower insists Alastair Cook's England Test squad are heading in the right direction

Flower hails adaptable England

Andy Flower believes England's Test team can build on their series win in India after a difficult year.

James Anderson: The difference between the teams, says MS Dhoni

Dhoni: Anderson England's hero

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says James Anderson was the difference between England and his India side.

Gower - Victory is fully deserved

Gower - Victory is fully deserved

David Gower joined natalie sawyer and Julian Warren in the Sky Sports Studio to discus England's win in India.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Arsenal failure?

Arsenal failure?

Arsenal have finished third or fourth for each of the last 10 seasons - is it failure or success?

Beags' Play-off awards

Beags' Play-off awards

Peter Beagrie picks his favourite moments from the Football League race for promotion.

Super 6 stat pack

Super 6 stat pack

Jeff Stelling provides his advice to help you land the £250,000 Super 6 jackpot.