Joe Root says patience was vital in his superb debut innings
England debutant Joe Root said patience was the key to his superb innings in the fourth Test against India in Nagpur.
Last Updated: 15/12/12 11:38am
The Yorkshire starlet, 21, scrapped his way to 73 in his first Test innings, helping England post 330 which - with India limping on 87-4 - looks a highly competitive total.
Root faced 229 balls in his innings, and he admitted he found it hard going.
"It's not an easy pitch to score on and they set very, at times, defensive fields so you had to be very patient and be very selective of the areas you were going to score," he told Sky Sports.
"I just tried to wait and be as patient as possible and be really disciplined and grind it out.
"(I knew I had to) just really work hard because the guys who'd gone in before said it was tough. I had to get my bearings, and stay patient.
"You just try to adapt to the conditions and situation, and make the most of what you've got.
"It would be wrong to say there's no nerves when you're waiting to bat in Test cricket for the first time.
"But I've got a great team around me, who are very encouraging and very helpful. Then once I got in the middle, I was quite relaxed. I'm obviously delighted to get the opportunity, and then to score a few runs is a really good feeling."
Kevin Pietersen also contributed 73 while Matt Prior and Graeme Swann added vital half-centuries to boost England's total.
James Anderson's three wickets put the hosts in serious trouble by stumps.
"Kevin's knock was fantastic and so was Matty's, and Swanny's was very vital so we've got ourselves in a decent position," added Root. "It was a great spell of bowling from Anderson. He's been brilliant throughout the series as he has been for the last three years. Hopefully he can come out tomorrow and get a few more."