Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Buzzing Bayliss Backs Root to Be as Good as King Kumar; Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Buzzing Bayliss Backs Root to Be as Good as King Kumar; Cricket

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TREVOR Bayliss believes Joe Root already bears comparison with the great Kumar Sangakkara among some of the best Test No 3 batsmen in history.

Root's re-elevation to the pivotal position began at Lord's against Pakistan, and then paid rich dividend for him and England with 325 runs in the landslide series-levelling win at Old Trafford.

In his time with Sri Lanka, England coach Bayliss saw Sangakkara make the role his own during a record-breaking career which brought him more than 12,000 Test runs - and he has no hesitation putting Root in a similar category already.

Root's career-best 254 helped to put the hosts in a wonderful position in the second Investec Test, and he then added an unbeaten 71 in the second innings as England careered to a 330-run win.

His match aggregate was the fifth-highest by any Englishman, and has also taken him back up to second in the International Cricket Council rankings.

Asked if the Yorkshireman may rival some of the best number threes he has worked with, Bayliss said: "Definitely. …

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