England batter Joe Root was in fine form over the course of last year and showed his class again in the on-going second Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge after scoring 176 runs off 211 balls using 26 fours and one six. He helped the hosts post 539 runs in response to New Zealand’s first inning score of 553, meaning the visitors could only take a slim lead of 14. On Day 4 of the ongoing test, Root showed his full range and even registered an inverted scoop six from Tim Southee’s bowling, leaving fans and commentators in awe.
On the first ball of the 117th over, Root delivered the reverse scoop from Southee’s bowling and it went for a six.
The pacemaker threw the ball outside the stump and Root timed the ball perfectly to get the maximum result.
A quiet start to the morning in Nottingham…
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Michael Atherton, who was with commentary at the time, said: “Unbelievable of Joe Root. He scored Tim Southee, I’m pretty sure that went for a six.”
Since January 2021, Root has scored 10 centuries, and the likes of Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith have yet to hit one in Test Cricket.
Root is now linked with Kohli and Smith on 27 Test centuries.
In the ongoing second Test, New Zealand are currently 224/7 in the second innings, ahead of 238. An exciting final day is at stake.
In the first Test, Root had passed 10,000 runs in Tests and, along with Sir Alastair Cook, became the fastest to reach the milestone.
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