Nasser Hussain defends Joe Root for mic-drop celebration

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain came quickly to the defence of Joe Root this week following the controversy surrounding the latter’s ‘mic-drop’ celebration against India on Tuesday.

The current Test captain came under scrutiny following the gesture, with some branding the celebration as ‘boastful’ and ‘provocative’.

Root had just scored a century - and the winning runs - helping his side to a 2-1 victory over India at Headingley and yet another one-day series win.

As the ball sailed over the boundary to bring up an English rout of their sub-continent rivals, Root held his bat horizontally above his head before allowing it to fall to the floor in a grandiose nod to both his individual achievement as well as his team’s.

But surprisingly the celebration did not go down well in some quarters, prompting Hussain to defend Root.

"How can you find THAT offensive?" he said on Sky Sports on Friday night.

"What I find offensive is sometimes characterless cricketers who turn their bat sponsor and, you know, show that to the crowd etc’.

"I think we need cricketers with character. He’s the lad (Root) who sat in the dressing room at Trent Bridge with a Bob Willis mask on.

"We all worried that becoming Test captain we’d lose that cheeky chappy in him."

Nasser is clearly not one to sit on the fence.

Despite Hussain coming to Root’s aid, the man at the centre of the controversy had already back-peddled on the incident.

Speaking after the match, Root seemed to be ashamed of his celebration and suggested that in hindsight it was an inappropriate response to winning a match for your country with a century. 

"It was a car crash. I've not heard the end of it. It was something I immediately regretted.

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"You'd think if you were going to do a celebration like that you'd have smacked it 30 yards out of the ground but it didn't really get there did it?

"It was the most embarrassing thing I've done on a cricket field."

Root’s apparent regret was somewhat confusing giving the overwhelming mystification that greeted the dim chorus of offended voices.

Perhaps Root would do better to heed the words of Nasser Hussain, embrace his inner cheeky-chappy and carry on entertaining the English crowds in whatever way he sees fit.

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