Joe Root firmly established himself in Yorkshire’s history today with a record-breaking performance to help secure a potentially decisive lead on the third day of their championship match against Derbyshire.
Root, who has taken his tally of championship runs to 467 in just three innings to become the first division’s leading run-scorer, admitted he was determined to make the most of this golden patch.
“It’s nice to get some runs early doors, especially in April when it’s not always that easy but it’s a very good pitch this one and hopefully we’re in a good enough position to kick on tomorrow and try and bowl them out,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone expects this at this time of the season. You go out there and try and be as greedy as you can and get through April with as many as you can under your belt. It’s really nice to have got some runs early in the season and hopefully I can take that confidence into the rest of the year.”
He also had great praise for his long-time friend Bairstow, whose 186 came off just 193 balls to help Yorkshire establish their impressive lead.
“It was a fantastic knock by Jonny,” added Root. “He is the one that has got us into this position where we’re ahead of the game and we can really try and kick on in the morning. Going at just under a run a ball, to get that many runs is a fantastic effort – it was a great knock.”