If Joe Root keeps going then he will become England’s best batsman of all time

Three things are sure in life. Death, taxes and Joe Root scoring runs.

The England captain showed in Galle this week how important he is to English cricket, the class he has and why he is arguably the best batsman of his generation.

The way he cruised to an unbeaten knock of 186 against Sri Lanka epitomises the Yorkshireman’s career.

And in one innings he managed to knock off the batting records of Boycott, Pietersen and Gower.

At over 8,000 test runs only Gooch, Stewart and Cook stand in the little Yorkshireman’s way.

Is he going to do it? I wouldn’t like to bet against it.

All of this has come on the backdrop of being captain, which some say, adds to the pressure of a top order batsman.

Root may have some blotches on his copy book where he got out cheaply and lost his wicket to a silly shot, but they are rare occasions compared to the times he has come up with a match winning innings.

His score against Sri Lanka set England on the path to a draw, but a batting collapse from the hosts handed the victory to England.

When they need him he delivers.

He now sits around 4,200 behind Sir Alistair, and if he played the same number of games as the Chef, he would need to average around 68.

It sounds a big average, but for a man of Root’s calibre it should be knocked off.

He is already among the greats of the game both in his own country and domestically.

He will certainly got into the category of the game’s greatest ever if he can chase down Cook’s total.

Elsewhere in the last week we have seen the difference between the Australian side and the rest of cricket.

Justin Langer went into the Australian coaching position on the back of sandpaper gate, trying to rid the side of an aggressive, over the top sledging culture.

He brought glory back on the field and seemed to repair Australia’s damaging reputation on the international sporting stage.

However, it reared its ugly head again in recent weeks. They just couldn’t help themselves could they.

Smith accusing of trying to damage the crease was followed by a bout of sledging from Tim Paine that came back to bite him on the backside.

Swearing at an Indian batsman telling him: “Wait till you come to the Gabba.”

Well, a depleted India completed one of the best comebacks in cricket history to out do the Aussies at the Gabba.

And the difference and almost respect from Australia compared to other nations was shown on day three of the Sri Lanka England test.

The hosts wicket keeper got involved in some friendly banter with Root while he was at the crease.

Instead of getting in his head through swearing and threats, he heaped praise on Root’s ability to play spin, even jokingly asking him for a lesson in between test matches.

An alternative way of trying to get a pyscological edge but a harmless one everyone can laugh at.

As for the Aussies, will they ever change? Probably not.

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