Former England Test captain, Joe Root was at his psychological best in the first Test match against New Zealand. The right-handed batter scored an excellent century in the fourth innings and sealed the game for his team. The wicket-keeper batter, Ben Foakes also made a brilliant partnership and stitched a vital partnership with Root.
While Joe Root scored an excellent century, a video of him standing at the non-striker’s end is going viral on social media platforms. In the video, Root can be seen standing without his hand bat in hand, but somehow the bat was standing still without any support from the batter.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Just Watch Root's Bat at Non-striker end. #JoeRoot #ENGvsNZ #testcricket #newbalance #pakvswi pic.twitter.com/7lwp2LBTq9
— Muhammad Yunus 🇵🇰 🇵🇸 (@Naveed_YounasPK) June 6, 2022
Seriously is that bat holding itself up or is Joe Root even more of a magician?? @BumbleCricket @root66 #ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/bcHVvPngY4
— Webbo (@WebboOne) June 5, 2022
During the course of the match, Joe Root quite a few records, as well, as he became the first England player to cross the 17,000-run mark in the international circuit. Not only that, but the former England skipper also became the second English batter after Sir Alastair Cook to surpass the tally of 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game.
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Talking about Root’s numbers in Test cricket, the 31-year-old has so far played 118 Tests and has reached the tally of 10,015 runs at an excellent average of almost 50. Coming to the first Test match, the visitors were bundled out after scoring just 132 runs in their first innings. However, New Zealand led by pacer Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee made a comeback in the match and restricted the home side to just 141 runs in their first innings.
In the second innings, a century from the Kiwi batter Daryl Mitchell and an excellent knock of 96 runs from the wicket-keeper batter Tom Blundell meant that the visitors scored 285 runs.
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The Three Lions faced some trouble during the start of their second innings. However, healthy contributions from former skipper Root, current captain Ben Stokes and Foakes ensured that England won the first Test by five wickets. England will now take on New Zealand in the second Test match of the series, starting on June 10.