The Ashes series is currently going on in Australia where hosts have already won the first one and they have the upper hand in the second game as well. However, on day four of the game, an extremely funny incident took place when England skipper Joe Root left his fans in surprise with his presence of mind.
Joe Root was on the crease near the end of day four when he had to change his boxers but the spider camera was roaming over him. Root soon signalled it to push away to change quickly as well. As far as England’s game is concerned, they have collapsed despite Dawid Malan and Joe Root’s fifties, who added a 138-run stand in the first innings. However, before the stumps on the fourth day, England ended at 82/4 while chasing 468 to win.
After the game, Jhye Richardson said: “Nicely set up from Lyon from one end. Ruffled Root there and drew the false shot. I didn’t think I bowled too badly in the first innings. The wicket has quickened up a little bit today. It was nice to see him (Green) get some runs as well. He comes from a height, so it’s not easy to face. I tried to hit a first ball six in the first innings.”
However, for England, it will be a massive task for them to win the match as well. While Joe Root was out on the final ball on the day for 24, Ben Stokes remained unbeaten at 3 as well. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting criticised Joe Root about his batting.
The presence of mind to shoo away the spider-cam >
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“It’s got to be a mental thing. There’s no technical error in his last two dismissals that has led to him getting out. It’s got to be him being not quite switched on enough for the ball he’s got out to. Marnus and Smith are really good examples of how they can find a way to be so switched on for so long,” said Ponting while speaking of Joe Root on cricket.com.au.
“It is a concentration thing with Joe and captaincy probably doesn’t help either, (spending) long periods of time in the field when your team is not going so well. They haven’t gone so well of late with their Test results. All of those things take a toll on you,” Ponting further added.