Joe Root scores 10th T20 half-century: The English Test captain represented Yorkshire in a T20 match after more than two years.
During a North Group match for the ongoing season of Vitality T20 Blast between Yorkshire and Derbyshire in Headingley, Yorkshire batsman Joe Root top-scored for his team to power them to 220/5 in 20 overs.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the third over, Root played some archetype cricketing shots to register a memorable comeback. It is worth mentioning that this is Root’s first T20 since playing against Pakistan in May last year and first for Yorkshire after more than two years.
While Root’s comeback was meant to happen against Nottingham on Thursday, inclement weather conditions in Headingley resulted in abandoning of that match.
Keen to press a case for a national comeback in this format, Root has started on the right track by scoring 64 (40) with the help of seven fours and two sixes. The right-hand batsman shared a vital 84-run partnership for the second wicket with opening batsman Adam Lyth (61).
In what was Root’s 10th T20 half-century, it was his fifth for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast. The sheer ease with which Root scored his runs spoke highly about his expertise in the format despite not playing much in the last two years or so.
Asked to bowl in the powerplay by Yorkshire captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Root put on display his experience as he dismissed Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman (4) and Leus Du Plooy (0) in the same over.
Joe Root scores 10th T20 half-century
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) August 30, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
A decent return to @YorkshireCCC for Joe Root 👇
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 30, 2020
Joe Root for Yorkshire Vikings today:
It was his first T20 innings in 15 months. Class is permanent. pic.twitter.com/nPIZPgNGF8
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 30, 2020
— Barney Allen (@BarneyAllen) August 30, 2020
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