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Joe Root’s Incredible One-Handed Catch Leaves Cricket Fans In Awe
By CricShots - Jul 1, 2023 7:30 pm
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In a remarkable display of skill, former England captain Joe Root showcased his brilliance on Day 4 of the second Test at Lord’s with a stunning reflex catch. The 32-year-old exhibited his athleticism by taking a one-handed stunner to dismiss the dangerous Travis Head off the bowling of Stuart Broad. The dismissal took place in the 68th over of the innings when Broad delivered a short-pitched ball aimed at Head’s hip.

Joe Root
Joe Root took a brilliant catch

Head, who had been wreaking havoc on England’s bowling attack in the first innings with a brisk 77-run knock in partnership with Steve Smith, fended at the delivery, resulting in the ball popping up towards short leg. With lightning-fast reflexes, Root stuck out his left hand and managed to complete the catch.

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Travis Head’s innings played a significant role in Australia’s first-innings total of 416 after losing the toss. Smith, who scored a century in the opening Test at Edgbaston, was once again the top scorer with 110 in the first innings.

 

In the second innings, England faced a daunting run-chase of over 300 as Australia started the day at 130-2, holding a lead of 221 runs. However, England’s bowlers unleashed a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, leading to the dismissals of Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith. Khawaja contributed 77 runs to go along with his 17 in the first innings, while Smith managed 34 off 62 deliveries.

At lunch on Day 4, Australia held a lead of 313 runs with Cameron Green and Alex Carey at the crease. However, they were the last recognized batting pair and aimed to extend the lead beyond the 400-run mark.

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Australia currently holds a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series following a thrilling two-wicket victory at Edgbaston. They will be eager to carry the momentum to Leeds and secure a 2-0 advantage in the series. Joe Root’s exceptional catch exemplified the intensity and skill exhibited by both teams in this enthralling Test match.