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Joe Root Leaves His Brain In His Kit Bag!

May 19, 2021

By Paul Homewood


h/t Ian Magness


Heaven help us all!!



England captain Joe Root says it is "scary" to think that cricket may not be played outdoors in certain parts of the world in 30 years’ time because of the impact of climate change.

Cricket already takes place in some of the hottest parts of the globe, but that could soon become impossible.

Root says everyone needs to play a part in protecting the environment in order to preserve the sport as we know it.

"It’s quite stark and something needs to be done," he told BBC Sport.

"It is scary to think the game as it is right now may not be the case in 30 years’ time.

"I’m sure we will have to evolve and develop as a sport and as players as well."

Root, 30, knows all too well the impact that playing in extreme temperatures can have on the human body. The batsman was taken to hospital to be treated for severe dehydration after batting in sweltering heat during the fifth Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney in 2018.

Temperatures reached 47.3C in Sydney that day, the hottest day in the city for 79 years, with temperatures out in the middle at the Sydney Cricket Ground estimated to have been even higher.


Come on Joe, do you really believe that crap? I thought you were actually quite intelligent.

If it really gets several degrees hotter in the next thirty years, which it certainly won’t, it’s hardly beyond the wit of cricket organisers to shift games to cooler times of the year.

The Australians play test cricket in December and January not because it is cool but because those are the hottest months of the year. If heat really did become a problem, they could simply shift matches into November or February:



In any event, there is little trend in maximum temperature highs, for instance at Sydney. Even that Sydney heatwave in 2019 was not as hot as in 1939.

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In India, as another example, they already play test cricket in the winter months, partly because of the heat but principally because the monsoon would stop play in summer! In New Delhi, for instance, average daily maximum temperatures in December are only 25C, and the record high is just 32C.  Nothing that will inconvenience players.

Further south in Sri Lanka, the same applies. Temperatures get slightly higher than Delhi in winter, but the biggest problem is humidity.

Finally, across in the West Indies, test cricket can be played all year round, thanks to the balmy climate there, moderated as it by the sea. In Jamaica, for instance, temperatures rarely get above the low 30s, even in mid summer.

It is also perfectly possible to play day/night tests, avoiding the heat of midday.

Joe Root must know all of this, so why is he making an idiot of himself? One can only assume he has been put up to it.

  1. JimW permalink
    May 19, 2021 4:59 pm

    Paul, you have seen the effect of the psyop on the population with covid. Its no different. There is a need for acceptance, belonging to the cult, which has easily become the majority. Modern society, education etc has developed a seemingly subservient population. Most people want to be told what to believe.
    So vaccinate against a disease with an IFR of 0.15% , even get kids jabbed who have zero risk. And save the planet, reduce population, do whatever is required to be accepted.
    It too far gone for anything to bring them back, the onlt thing that will change things is complete reduction of lifestyles, I am not even sure that will do it, there is a terrible puritanical streak to this.

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 19, 2021 5:01 pm

    So Joe Root is willing to beggar the paying public over the next thirty years plus so that he and his wealthy mates can continue to play cricket in what he believes will be a cooler climate . The mind boggles! Not that I’ve anything against him and cricket, I love the game, but when he comes out with tosh like this…..

  3. Broadlands permalink
    May 19, 2021 5:27 pm

    “Temperatures reached 47.3C in Sydney that day, the hottest day in the city for 79 years…”

    So Joe, what was it that made that very hot temperature 79 years ago? CO2 was still at pre-industrial levels so it must have something else…Natural variability?

    • May 19, 2021 6:05 pm

      Not to forget how many more people live in the city now as compared to them and how many cars there are and aircon systems. He is being played for a fool by the BBC political commissariat.

    • May 19, 2021 7:08 pm

      The Aussies, Indians, South Africans, Windies etc. must be laughing their cricketing socks off hearing this.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      May 19, 2021 11:28 pm

      That 47.3℃ figure was at Penrith, about 54km (34 miles) west of the Sydney cricket grounds (which are close to the sea and not in a hollow below mountains).
      The Max. for Sydney is given at 43℃ in 2018.

      If Paul would like to plot maximum readings in Sydney he would illustrate the effect of Climate Change. Starting with 42℃ in 1863, 1896,1904,1942,1953,1957,1960, 1961, 1977, 1982, 2011 and 2013.
      The heating effect of Global Warming/Climate Change will be obvious to all readers.

  4. markl permalink
    May 19, 2021 5:42 pm

    Think of all the fossil fuel that would be saved if they stopped playing cricket. Everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die.

  5. permalink
    May 19, 2021 5:45 pm

    I also thought Joe Root was quite intelligent, but I bet he’s not willing to give up flying the team all over the world to “play his part”

  6. Peter Mead permalink
    May 19, 2021 6:02 pm

    What is missed here is that his comments were part of a major BBC set of articles about the effects of “climate change” on sport by 2050. Their articles are truly awful and scaremongering at its worst! And this is just being repeated on BBC news…

    • Gamecock permalink
      May 19, 2021 7:09 pm

      Which leads one to ask, does the BBC think Net Zero will fail, or that it won’t be implemented?

      • Robert Christopher permalink
        May 19, 2021 7:51 pm

        It’s the big question everyone is asking 🙂

        Which will fail first: Net Zero, or the BBC?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 20, 2021 11:43 am

        The irony is that we have the power to make the BBC fail by not buying a TV licence and using catch-up services but have no power to change the climate.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      May 20, 2021 10:08 am

      Yup, Peter is right. Here’s the link. Blatant and partisan propaganda yet again. They’re literally making it up as they go along, mis-representing their editorial opinions as ‘news’. Utter fakes. Should be censored for this.

      Sport 2050
      Future news from a warmer world

  7. May 19, 2021 6:03 pm

    On the BBC. Who would ever have guessed?

    Another “climate expert”. Incredible how many celebrities and sports people are. There I was, thinking you need to have some kind of educational background to say anything of value.

    The less someone knows, the more easier they can be manipulated with words put into their mouths and low and behold, the more “media friendly” and in demand they become.

    His speciality is Cricket. Unless he has a degree in something like atmospheric physics then what he thinks and he believes is irrelevant. Is he the first to play cricket in hot weather? No so man up!

    While the BBC was at it, why did they not ask his opinion about the efficacy of the Covid vaccine and also maybe his opinion of the current range of cancer treatments he is working on and that new design of a supersonic jet he is planning.

    There is a clear and unmistakable inverse relationship between the level of speaking and the level of competence to speak on this issue by those being promoted to give voice by the “impartial” BBC.

    • George Lawson permalink
      May 19, 2021 6:44 pm

      Well said. My guess is that Root was pressured by the BBC and other climate fanatics into making such idiotic and conflicting statements. I hope he now sees how foolish he was to go along with their utter stupidity, especially as he admits it was hotter 79 years ago. Joe, you would gain masses of credibility if you went public and admitted you were pressured into saying something on which you were not qualified to comment, and wish to retract the comment, Without doing so you will remain forever a laughing stock across the cricketing world.

    • Gamecock permalink
      May 19, 2021 7:06 pm

      Argumentum ad verecundiam.

      Argument from an inappropriate authority. Root is an authority on cricket, not weather.

      • May 19, 2021 9:31 pm

        Good point but pay attention to the line of supposed “authority figures” the BBC rolls out to pontificate about climate change. They think we are all proles so we will be impressed and will be by default in awe of their titles and accept every word without question, meaningless drivel as most of it will be.

        The BBC do like “professors”. In my day there was one per department. Now every department especially the bloated cess pit called Humanities is awash with them. We used to call them lecturers. A prof back then was a formidable character.

        If they cannot find a “professor” they will wheel out a PhD but do not expect them to tell you that the individuals PhD has no bearing whatsoever on the subject. Just be impressed by a PhD……ok?
        The tell tale sign is when the authority figure opens his (usually her) mouth and the tongue runs away with them spewing out emotionally charged piffle not associated with the usual caution and measured words of a well schooled science academic This is a big red flag as such speech is antithetical to that to be expected from any science academic .

        When they cannot find either of those then the BBC treats us to the verbal flatulence of self proclaimed “experts” trying so hard to sound clever but falling at every fence.

        Unsubstantiated claims are the order of the BBC climate fiction factory together with feelings…oh lots and lots of those. You will never ever hear a BBC “authority figure” challenged to back up their claims…never. These people are beyond reproach. Objectivity is not the point of any of this. It is the painful spectacle of the comedian presenting to an audience of celebrities who tell us when to laugh. The BBC would never consider challenging them to back up their vacuous pontificating. Instead we get side shots of the BBC 12 year old nodding sagely with furrowed brow, hanging on their every word..

        What offends is the fact that this is being done deliberately, with malice of forethought and shows the contempt the marxists infesting the BBC have for the people who pay their over generous salaries.

      • tamimisledus permalink
        May 21, 2021 11:32 am

        Argument from an appropriate authority is equality invalid.
        The value of an argument does not come from the “authority” who provides the argument, but from the argument itself.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      May 20, 2021 9:54 am

      Wheel out populist celeb’s who support climate hysteria, while shutting down anyone who questions it on the basis they’re ‘not an expert’.

      Blatant propaganda.

      • tamimisledus permalink
        May 21, 2021 11:27 am

        “12 year old nodding”!
        Are there no limits to which the BBC will not go in the cause of diversity?

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 19, 2021 6:10 pm

    Root should check out more reliable sources like old British sci-fi movies.

    ‘Night of the Big Heat’, also known by the title ‘Island of the Burning Doomed’, which is probably preferred by the Guardian editor.

    ‘Britons (Christopher Lee etc.) sweat out a winter inferno caused by malignant alien protoplasm.’

    Much more credible and a lot less laughable than Root.

  9. mjr permalink
    May 19, 2021 6:42 pm

    i’ve just watched it and BBC have edited it so that there is little context. Dont know how leading the questions were. BBC may well have phrased it like ” If global warming causes temperatures to rise what effect will that have etc……..” and that is bound to affect the answers.

  10. Up2snuff permalink
    May 19, 2021 7:38 pm

    How many of the last five seasons have players needed sweaters, sometimes two, and hand-warmers in their pockets, eh Joe?

  11. Stuart Brown permalink
    May 19, 2021 8:13 pm

    This is off topic apart from a link to those leaving their brains behind!

    So – we should buy local, but pay farmers to give up farming?

    • Tim Leeney permalink
      May 19, 2021 8:58 pm

      They can’t even spell Eustice’s name correctly.

    • dennisambler permalink
      May 20, 2021 12:30 pm

      This is to get rid of common sense and experience and bring in the manipulated younger generation who will raise no objection to the new agenda on re-wilding nature.

  12. May 19, 2021 9:26 pm

    Cricket has been played on the same field in my village since the 1860’s.

    According to what records exist, the weather has every season always been inclement and not really suited to “good” cricket.

  13. Barrie EMMETT permalink
    May 19, 2021 9:30 pm

    He’s been brainwashed by the BBC

  14. Dodgy Geezer permalink
    May 19, 2021 10:10 pm

    He is very intelligent. Intelligent enough to know that if he doesn’t make the right woke pronouncements his career will be a lot shorter.. ..

  15. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 19, 2021 10:23 pm

    All future Ashes tours cancelled, unless Our Boys can get to Aus’ by train.
    All West Indies tours cancelled. No more beach holidays for the lads.
    All India / Pakistan tours cancelled. OK, thank fck for small mercies.

  16. Mack permalink
    May 19, 2021 10:23 pm

    I’m disappointed in Root. Nevertheless, take out the last few naturally occurring El Ninos and he hasn’t witnessed any ‘global warming’ in his lifetime. As the climate swings cooler, naturally, I’m sure he’ll realise the errors of his ways when his kids become proficient in ice hockey and curling whilst the finest cricket pitches in Europe are found in southern Spain.

      • dave permalink
        May 20, 2021 1:41 pm

        The underlying article is, indeed, interesting if a bit turgid:

        The point is that the timing of the ‘butterfly effect’ is objectively clearer than timing in the various sunspot-number series*. And this makes correlation with events on Earth easier.

        The lead author is quoted, in an associated publicity blurb, as claiming that his team are the first to concentrate on the full 22-year cycle in sunspots and magnetic activity. That is not true of course.

        The publicity blurb has the howler that the sun’s magnetic bands are oppositely ‘charged.’ The paper says, clearly enough, ‘polarized,’ thank goodness. Else I would have stopped reading!

        What is WRONG with so many journalists? Are they not aware that they would flunk, for sheer ignorance, science papers set in the old-fashioned
        O Levels? Let alone A and S Levels?

        *Especially with dubious ‘recalibrations’ going on, like the one SILSO did in 2015.

  17. trevor collins permalink
    May 20, 2021 1:14 am

    greetings from New Zealand/. ? IS THIS BLOKE SUFFERING FROM SUNSTROKE??

  18. Crowcatcher permalink
    May 20, 2021 6:00 am

    He should have a word with former Aussie captain, Steve Waugh, who, in the early 90s scored a century in India in a temperature of 50C, cooling himself by eating bananas and taking cold showers in the meal breaks.
    Not difficult to imagine what the Aussie’s “words of wisdom” would be!

    • dave permalink
      May 20, 2021 1:56 pm

      I happened to be watching a lecture on the Gallipoli campaign. It was pointed out that the Australians did not find the heat UNUSUAL, and quickly reverted to their civilian, summer dress-code, of boots, shorts and a singlet. The English DID find it unusual but, in their customary belief that anything unusual was to be ignored,* kept their heavy uniforms on for several weeks.

      * Certainly lost this stoicism now!

      • dave permalink
        May 20, 2021 2:16 pm

        Actually, on a serious note, NOBODY should EXERT themselves on either a very hot day or a very cold day, whether at work or play. It places too much stress on the homeostatic mechanisms of even normal bodies.

        Once the ‘body core’ temperature is outside its normal range, there is very little that can be done even in a hospital to restore proper metabolism.

  19. May 20, 2021 7:19 am

    I love cricket and I grew up playing that sport but how on earth can something like that be the motivation for overhauling the world’s energy infrastructure?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 20, 2021 9:25 am

      Ah but if you are a Progressive everything must either stay the same or go back to how it was when things were better.

  20. Athelstan permalink
    May 20, 2021 9:01 am

    I grew up with summer cricket in my blood, followed Yorkshire missed the Fred era much to my not being born. Next and all the pain with it until ‘our’ Aussie. I’ve tried hard to like Joe Root and failed, this is just so typical of the little dweeb. I’ll give tha a piece of advice rooty lad, trying to ingratiate yersen wi’ the tw@to-sphere woke ignoranti, ain’t goin’ t’ make tha sen popular wi’ cricket lovin’ Tykes.

  21. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 20, 2021 9:21 am

    The hottest day for 79 years.

    Thats all you need to know isn’t it?

    • dave permalink
      May 21, 2021 8:34 am

      “…all you need to know…?”

      Indeed. It is just a one-off, by definition. In statistics we often ignore such ‘outliers’ as irrelevant.

      And further: if one is to call a WHOLE DAY hotter than another, the temperature at each and every time should be higher in the one day than in the other day. The habit of comparing max temp to max temp is just a lazy way of ignoring realities.

  22. europeanonion permalink
    May 20, 2021 10:29 am

    Root has adopted a shirt number of 66, which lends itself to the pun, Root 66. In his instance, the road to nowhere. Elsewhere, columnists draw our attention to football players displaying a Palestinian flag on the pitch. Trumping that we have the on-going ‘Kick it out’ campaign on Sky News. Self-evidently, it is the case that large media corporations are so powerful that they can use sport and celebrity as their intrusion into the political environment. What mayhem can these unelected, profit driven organisation wreak when, on a whim, they give blanket coverage to their ‘pet’, board room sponsored, intrusion into society. The climate ends up as a proposal riding the cock horse, adhering to sounds-like causes that their researchers believe show their organisations in a good light, with truth, science, morality coming a bad second. Their whole business art is manipulation. In this instance they can practise that art beyond criticism, beyond any form of redress. How far are we away from the Bond villainy that imposes its doctrine on the world? Currently, political parties can only spend a finite amount on their proselytising, but imagine political sloganizing used anywhere but the political environment? Having proxies spend their boundless resources to support dogma? And we worry about Russian intervention in our doings? The decline of the church, politicians who attach to ‘woke’ sentiments openly, make such erstwhile topics as the Jewish lobby in New York seem toothless. Then we knew who politics was pandering too. Now, with proxy activity, we may never know and we will certainly not be able to question it or hope for retractions or examination..

    • dennisambler permalink
      May 20, 2021 12:38 pm

      Steve Milloy, fighting back against Corporate green wokery.

      Fellow shareholders, my proposal is about honesty and accountability from management. Honesty and accountability are the key legal duties management owes us. But we are not getting either.

      I am asking that management report to us on what is being accomplished by spending money on emissions cuts that are not mandated by the government.For example, management has committed to zero emissions by 2050.

      Meeting that goal is impossible… if not just foolish… and certainly it will never actually be enforced… unless we are to live without electricity. The grid cannot be operated without the reliable and affordable baseload power provided by coal, natural gas and nuclear power.

      Claims to the contrary are sheer nonsense. And management knows this. So management is lying to us.

  23. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 20, 2021 11:34 am

    This advert was on TV last night but with a voice-over even heavier on climate nonsense.

    Could there be anything more absurd than an advert that implies living in a Mangrove swamp means that the water is a problem, that presents pictures of flooded paddy fields as a disaster?

    Yes man’s destruction of Mangroves causes erosion – and the shown activity of planting Mangrove trees may be worthwhile, but the land is sinking, and the local weather has always been extreme at times.

    None of that has anything to do with climate change. None of the challenges these women face (more so than men apparently!) has a jot to do with climate change – it’s just normal life in that place.

    It’s all just woke emotional blackmail reinforced with baseless climate claims.

  24. Tomitucker permalink
    May 21, 2021 10:55 am

    I’m reminded of Paul (Gaza) Gascoigne’s comment in Australia when told by waiter’s’ that they didn’t have any bacon for a sandwich.
    “What, a country with all these sheep”.

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