WATCH – Ben Stokes reacts as Joe Root hit on the box during 2nd Ashes Test

The commentators were left in splits when Joe Root was hit in the groin area off Mitchell Starc's delivery on Sunday.

Joe Root, Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes (L-R)
Joe Root, Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes (L-R)

The second pink-ball Ashes Test match is currently underway at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. The home team is currently heading towards another victory as they are just six wickets behind to go 2-0 up in the series against Joe Root and Co. 

The visitors aggregated only 82 runs on the board in the fourth innings of the game at the end of Day 4. Skipper Root was the last to get out caught behind off a peach delivery bowled by speedster Mitchell Starc. Moreover, he was earlier hit on the abdomen region by the same bowler which left him in sheer pain on the ground. 

This incident took place on the first ball of the 41st over when Starc bowled a short of length delivery that angled in and bounced a tad extra to beat Root’s defence and smash him on the body. Following this, the English team’s physio was out and the 30-year-old took a few minutes before getting back onto his feet.

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Aussies run past English batters on the fourth day

Jhye Richardson claimed two wickets in England's second innings
Jhye Richardson claimed two wickets in England’s second innings

After gaining a massive lead of 237 runs in the first innings, the Steve Smith-led side decided against the idea of going for follow-on. The kangaroos added another 230 runs to post a mammoth target of 468 in front of the ‘Three Lions’. After losing Root in the dying minutes of the penultimate day, Ollie Pope will now join Ben Stokes (3* off 40) in the middle.

The batting side needs a miracle on the final day to at least secure a draw if not win. However, the Aussie bowlers will be charged up to go all after their opponents to secure yet another triumph for their side.

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