England v Pakistan: Joe Root says bad light issue must be ‘addressed’

The issue of bad light in Test cricket “needs to be addressed”, says England captain Joe Root.

Bad light and rain ruined the drawn second Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl, with only a day and a half’s play possible across the match.

Root, 29, said authorities could consider using a brighter red ball, bringing forward the start time and improving floodlights.

“It is something that needs looking at higher up the chain,” he said.

“It is way above my pay grade but there are different things that may be able to be trialled to see if there are other ways we could do things in this country to avoid similar scenarios.

“It has been a huge talking point but it needs to be addressed somewhere somehow.”

England reached 110-4 in reply to Pakistan’s 236 before Root and Pakistan captain Azhar Ali agreed on a draw that preserved the hosts’ 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The Test was the ninth…

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