CRICKET: England can take heart from AB de Villiers’ record-breaking hundred, says Sheffield star Joe Root

Joe Root is one of six Yorkshiremen in the England squad
Joe Root is one of six Yorkshiremen in the England squad
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Sheffield star Joe Root says England’s World Cup hopefuls will take inspiration from AB de Villiers’ record-breaking century at the weekend.

England face India today in the second game of their Tri-Series, which also involves Australia, days after de Villiers made history with a century, from just 31 balls.

The South African skipper eventually fell for 149, from just 44 balls, after hitting 16 sixes and Root admitted: “He is a bit of a freak.

“Of course, he’s a very good player but as a side, that’s what we’re aiming to do, to get those big scores.

“Okay, it would be a serious effort to get anywhere near that. But as a side, that’s our aim moving forward. I think we’re not far away from doing that now.

“It’s exciting to see just before a World Cup and it’s an unbelievable effort. You want entertainment like that and hopefully it will happen more frequently. If someone bats like that he’s not missing many so good luck to the bowlers.

“You could probably have put five or six stumps in and he would have still made that hundred.”

England kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on Valentine’s Day - and Root revealed his support for a ‘yellow card’ system in the game, after an on-field bust-up between India’s Rohit Sharma and Australian David Warner, an old foe of the 24-year-old Sheffielder.