England batsman Joe Root has said that cricket is becoming like boxing as he dismissed Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz's "trash talk".
Riaz described England's middle order as "fragile" before the first Test at Lord's starting on Thursday.
Cricket has been long known as the “Gentleman’s Game”. However, Root says that the game is now becoming more or less like boxing.
Boxing is notorious for fighters' pre-match verbal contests aimed at intimidating opponents.