Karachi, July 24 (ANI
): Delighted after seeing his hard work finally paying off, England batsman Joe Root
has said he felt extremely satisfied after putting his side on course for a series-levelling win against Pakistan at the Old Trafford.
Root produced a terrific batting performance as he smashed 24 boundaries in his blistering 254-run knock in England
's first innings of 589-8 declared.
Skipper Alastair Cook (105), Chris Woakes
(58) and Johnny Bairstow (58) were other notable contributors for the hosts.
Reflecting on his performance, Root said it was pleasing to go out on the field and make his performance count against Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported.
Root, who got dismissed twice during Pakistan's 75-run win in the opening Test at Lord's, revealed he had worked really hard on his shortcomings and decided to score big in the second game.
The 25-year-old also heaped praise on Woakes, saying the latter played outstandingly well and that it was great to see him taking responsibility for the team.
Admitting that his side could have easily lose couple of early wickets, Root observed that his players managed to build partnership continuously to take the game away from Pakistan.
At the end of the second day, Pakistan
collapsed to 57 for four, with skipper Misbahul-haq remaining unbeaten at one. (ANI