Joe Root dismissal: The English captain was the last recognized English batsman to get out in the third session of the third day.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England in Birmingham, England captain Joe Root was the last recognized English batsman to get out in a shambolic batting collapse.
Trailing by 85 runs in the first innings, the home team succumbed to the pressure to the extent that an innings loss was in sight at one point in time.
In what started with New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry dismissing England opening batsman Rory Burns (0) in the first over itself, it was followed by other English batsmen not applying themselves in conditions where they were expected to succeed.
Root, who saw the rest of the batting unit falter in front of him, failed to stitch any kind of rescue act with the tail-enders. It was on the penultimate delivery of the 27th over when Root’s attempt of cutting New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel resulted in him edging the ball to New Zealand wicket-keeper Tom Blundell.
Patel, who had earlier bowled England wicket-keeper batsman James Bracey (8), was able to extract extra bounce from the surface which troubled Root doubtlessly. Having scored 4 (7) in the first innings, all Root could manage today was 11 (61).
It is the pair of Olly Stone and Mark Wood which has scored some quick runs to prevent an innings defeat in Birmingham. Given the amount of time left in the day, an English loss remains inevitable though.
Joe Root dismissal in Edgbaston Test
The captain is our 7th wicket to fall.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 12, 2021
How Twitterari reacted:
That was brilliant captaincy from Latham and such clever bowling from Patel, bringing up point and sending down the straight dart, inviting the Root cut… superb, confident cricket. #ENGvNZ
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) June 12, 2021
left arm spinners called patel have a stunning average against England in 2021 #ENGvNZ
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 12, 2021
Root’s gone too, England goners. Dreadful collapse
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 12, 2021
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