Joe Root struck a masterful double hundred (228 off 321 balls) against Sri Lanka in Galle.

This was an exceptional innings and one that really stands out since he has not scored a hundred since 2019.

One thing that I took from watching the match and the highlights is the amount that the whole England batting lineup looked to rotate the strike as often as possible and not get stuck with multiple maidens in a row. Root seemed to master this because from his 228 only 78 runs came from boundaries meaning 150 came in singles, twos and threes.

The other really clear aspect of Root's game was the use of the sweep shot. You will notice in the highlights below that he utilises a number of different sweeps to not only score boundaries but also rotate the strike as often as possible.

Something I personally will take from this innings is the effectiveness of having a plan when batting against spin and not putting so much of an emphasis on always having to score boundaries. The need to rotate the strike as often as possible is a great way to not let a spinner settle without taking unnecessary risks as a batter.

Let me know what you loved about this innings and what your thoughts are about playing spin.

SOURCE: Facebook - Sky Sports