WATCH: Joe Root exhibits great reflexes to pull off a stunning catch at short leg during second Ashes Test

Root, stationed right in front of Head’s bat, quickly leaped to his left and plucked the ball out of thin air


WATCH: Joe Root exhibits great reflexes to pull off a stunning catch at short leg during second Ashes Test

Joe Root takes excellent catch (Image via Twitter)

England’s Joe Root showed some great reflexes while fielding at short leg during Australia’s second innings in the second Ashes Test. The former England skipper pulled off a stunning one-handed grab to send Travis Head packing while Stuart Broad was bowling. 

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As the veteran pacer bowled a sharp bouncer in the line of Head’s body, the Australia batter found himself in an awkward position. Eventually, Head closed his eyes and blindly fended the ball. Although the batter rolled his wrists to keep the ball down and away from the fielder, Root showed great presence of mind to grab it before it could touch the ground.

Root, stationed right in front of Head’s bat, quickly leaped to his left and plucked the ball out of thin air. The fielder stayed in control and kept a hold of the ball despite his elbows hitting the ground. 

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England need 371 runs to save themselves from embarrassment 

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Joe Root celebrates Travis Head’s dismissal (Image via England Cricket Twitter)

Talking about the scores, while England were bowled out for 325 in reply to Australia’s 416 in the first innings, the visitors were bundled for 279. Despite a fighting half-century from Usman Khawaja (77 off 187), Australia could only add 279 runs. Stuarts Broad with his four-wicket haul starred for England. 

Ollie Robinson and Josh Tongue also dished out decent performances, claiming two wickets apiece. Now, England need to score 371 runs to level the series 1-1 and save themselves from any kind of embarrassment. 

The Ben Stokes-led team is facing a lot of flak for their BazBall approach and hence England now have a perfect chance to hit back at their critics. The hosts need some fiery batting performances if they are to win the second Ashes Test.

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