Is there anything Joe Root can’t do at the moment? The right-handed batter currently is in the form of his life and he has been toying with the bowlers now. The former England skipper Joe Root smashed the Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner for a maximum off a ridiculous reverse-sweep shot during the third and the final Test between the two teams.
England and New Zealand are currently battling in the final Test of the three-match series at the Headingley, Leeds. On Sunday, the Kiwis posted a total of 296 runs for the hosts to complete the clean-sweep. With Neil Wagner sticking to the off-stump bowling for a prolonged period, the former skipper decided to take the matter into his own hands.
Joe Root plays a reverse-sweep for a maximum; leaves Neil Wagner stunned
On the fourth day of the game, the Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner tried to contain the English duo of Root and Pope with a consistent line of off-stump. However, after a while, the Yorkshire decided to do something different to break the shackles.
On the 5th delivery of the 22nd over, Joe Root shocked the left-arm pacer with an audacious reverse-sweep shot. It was a full-length delivery outside the off stump, to which Root sat down and reverse-swept the ball over the third man for an extraordinary six. The bowler could not believe it as Root and Wagner shared a laugh about it.
Watch the video here:
Joe Root. You are ridiculous.
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England are well on the course of a historic clean sweep as they only require 113 runs on the final day with 8 wickets in hand. On the fourth day of the game, another enterprising partnership from Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell helped New Zealand to reach 326 runs in the 2nd innings.
England lost their opener Alex Lees and Zak Crawley for a score of 51 but the unbeaten partnership of 132 runs between Joe Root and Ollie Pope has taken the hosts ahead in the game.