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Joe Root is a strong character: England bowling coach

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Root had a difficult day on Sunday as the batsman got hit in the groin area not once but twice. The throwdown in the morning hurt him badly and he had to go off for the scans before taking the field. Root missed the first 78 minutes of the day’s play during which Ben Stokes captained the side. But the bad day had only begun for the English captain.

Australia after losing three early wickets for 14 runs in the morning, got stabilized through the innings of Labuschagne and Travis head before declaring the innings on 230 for nine. England was given the task of surviving nearly 44 overs before the day’s play. Jhye Richardson got one to bounce awkwardly and Hameed gloved it off to the keeper. Malan, probably the most successful English batsman on this tour so far along with Joe Root did hang on with Rory Burns and added forty-four runs before getting LBW to an incoming seam movement from Michael Neser.

England were praying not to lose any more wickets in the day but their prayers were not answered. Rory Burns did look positive but got some jaffas from Richardson. Richardson bowled an away seam moving ball to the left-hander and Burns could only appreciate it before nicking the same type of delivery on the next ball. Joe root despite being uncomfortable from his morning injury had to come up to survive the night for the English side. The batsman survived nearly 60 balls before getting beaten by an incoming-seaming 137 km/hr quick delivery. As if luck was totally against Root on Sunday, the ball hit him exactly on the same spot where he got hit in the warm-up session and his pain was clearly visible.

Root was assisted by medical experts on the field and took water before catching his breath. He ensured that his protection gear hasn’t given up but didn’t forget to signal the spy camera hovering over his head to go away. The scenario induced laughter from the surrounding Australian players. But Root looked alright to complete the day’s play. But Starc wasn’t done with hurting the English captain as he delivered a hammer blow by taking a nick of Root’s bat in the last over which went straight to Alex Carey.

England bowling coach, Jon Lewis admired Root’s ability to fight back and heaped praises on his strong character. The coach said, “There was no doubt in Joe’s mind that he was batting, he’s the captain of England. ‘He wanted to go out there to bat, to show people what a great player he is and what a great leader. But Joe’s a strong leader, he showed a hell of a lot of character to get out there and fight because I know he was pretty sore. When he was hit again he could easily have walked off and had a nightwatchman come in.”

Jon Lewis also admitted that the team selection could have been better. “In hindsight, you might say we should have picked a different side. But at the time, we felt like we picked a team that would win the game.” said the English bowling coach. England went without Jack Leach and Dom Bess in this game considering the Pink Ball test match. To their surprise, the ball didn’t do much under the lights too and the wicket started to spin from Day 2.

England is now staring at a huge defeat unless a miracle from the likes of Stokes from Headingly or from Buttler which Atherton believes is rare to be repeated as they come once in a blue moon.

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