Joe Root staying grounded
Joe Root is playing it safe in New Zealand's adrenaline-rush capital, just to make sure he is ready for action if selected for his second Test cap.
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Root impressed everyone with a determined half-century on debut to help England make history by completing a long overdue series win in India in December.
Since that first taste of international cricket in Nagpur, the young Yorkshire batsman has added the Twenty20 and 50-over formats to his England CV - most recently in back-to-back series victories here in New Zealand.
England have just one warm-up match in Queenstown to prepare for the first of three Tests next week, with Root a likely inclusion in the number six position he filled so well in India.
Runs here will put him bang on course to retain his Test spot and with that in mind, he is not about to test his luck with the extracurricular activities offered in this part of the world.
Mountaineering, bungy jumping and water sports on Lake Wakatipu are all on offer to intrepid travellers in this spectacular tourist trap.
Root, however, is mindful of risk management - mostly thanks to the sensible stipulations of his employers about what is and is not advisable on an international cricket tour.
The impression anyway is that the 22-year-old is himself determined not to invite even the slightest chance of mishap.
Even after his team-mates had been cleared for a spot of canyon swinging - bungy jumping was off limits for all - Root opted instead for a round of golf.
"This is a fantastic place, great scenery, lots to do - just a shame we're not here for longer," he told Sky Sports News.
"We've got to be careful and there are a couple of things we've been told to stay away from.
"But there's still plenty for us to do."
Off the field then, Root is taking no chances; on it, he is determined to do the opposite and make the most of his opportunities at the start of a year of back-to-back Ashes series.
So far, he has done himself no harm at all with three one-day international half-centuries and no completed innings under 30 from seven visits to the crease in that format.
"We've played some really good cricket, winning both the Twenty20s and one-dayers which is what we set out to do," he said of England's campaign here to date.
There has been no evidence of the tension which might be associated with the start of an international career, and although he admits to some butterflies they did not last long on that successful Test debut.
"I think everyone gets a bit nervous," he said. "But I got out there, and there were thousands of people there and a great atmosphere - really loud - and I just found myself smiling and enjoying myself.
"That took over for me, and I didn't really worry about anything. I just wanted to make it last for as long as possible.
"There's obviously a jump. It's tough and you're playing against some very good players.
"But more than anything you just need to make sure you know your role and try to stick to it."