Joe Root out: The English captain was dismissed on the first ball that he faced on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England at Lord’s, New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson made an early and substantial breakthrough by sending back England Joe Root on the first delivery of the day.
Unbeaten from Day 2 and having watched the third day getting washed out due to rain, Root couldn’t have done much against a delivery which pitched at a testing length and straightened enough to induce an outside edge off his bat.
Neither back not in front, the English captain found himself in an uncomfortable position as he edged the ball to veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor at first slip.
While the visitors celebrated instantly, Taylor suggested the umpire to check for a replay for he wasn’t entirely sure about a clean catch. With a soft signal of ‘Out’, third umpire Richard Illingworth didn’t take much time before ruling the decision in New Zealand’s favour.
Jamieson, who had found England opening batsman Dom Sibley (0) wanting in front of the stumps on the second day, picked his second wicket in the innings to give his team an advantageous start.
Root, who had come in to bat at No. 4 in the seventh over, departed after scoring 42 (113) with the help of five fours in a 93-run partnership alongside opening batsman Rory Burns.
Joe Root out vs New Zealand
New Zealand strike with the first ball of the day.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 5, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 5, 2021
Fortunately rain has relented in London and Test match has resumed, but not much joy for England as Root falls to the first ball he faced
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 5, 2021
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) June 5, 2021
This is the first time Nelson has struck early in the day of a Test match. Before today 22 teams had begun the day on 111 and none of them had lost a wicket on that score.
— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) June 5, 2021
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