Joe Root sustains an injury as the ball hits his abdomen area once again on Day 2 of the second Ashes test at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia are 1-0 up in the series and have imposed a target of 468 in front of the visitors. Stand-in captain Steve Smith declared the innings having scored 230/9 in the 2nd innings. Australia are in a commanding position to win the test match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Earlier today on Day 4, England skipper Joe Root sustained an injury on his abdomen area while facing throwdowns in the nets on Sunday. Root left the Adelaide Oval before the start of the play and underwent some scans. Root was without the protective box while training.
Root returned to the field one and a half hours after the start of the day’s play. By the time Root entered the field, 18 overs were already bowled and Australia took a 322 run lead with first innings centurion Marnus Labuschange and Travis Head in the crease. The scoreboard read 82/4 at that time.
Root was a little uncomfortable on the pitch but still went on to bowl some off-spin.
Later, while chasing the massive target on the third session of the day, Root sustained another injury in the same spot. The incident took place in the first ball of the 42nd over of the final innings of the game. Mitchell Starc bowled a short length delivery which bounced a bit and hit his abdomen area once again. Root was looking in a lot of pain as he immediately fell to the ground. He was down for about four minutes. Starc along with other Aussie players were quick enough to have a check on the opposition team skipper.
The physios and the medical team entered the field to have a check on the 30 year old. Root wanted the physio’s to have a check on the abdomen area. Just when he was about to change his trousers the spidercam moved over him. Root showed no time to display his presence of mind and shooed the spidercam away. Root pushed the cam to change quickly.
But Root looked in a lot of discomfort even after getting up as he was having some problem in running down the pitch.