England skipper Joe Root has been hit on the abdomen once again during the last session of Day 4. Root looked in a lot of pain as he was seen lying in the ground for a long time.
Earlier this day ahead of the start of the play on Day 4 during the warmups, Root was hit in the abdomen by a throwdown in the nets. The 30 year old wasn’t wearing a protective box while training. Root went out of the Adelaide Oval to undergo some scans. He was absent for the first one and half hours of the day. Root returned after 18 overs of play but was still looking in some discomfort. But the England skipper was able to bowl off-spin.
By the time Root returned, the scoreboard read 81/4 with first innings centurion Marnus Labuschange and Travis Head in the crease. Australia were leading by 322 by then.
However, the England skipper sustained another injury while batting in the final innings of the test. The incident took place in the 42nd over of the game with Mitchell Starc bowling. Starc bowled a short length delivery that angled in and bounced a bit which beat Joe Root’s defense. The ball went on to hit his abdomen area once again.
The skipper fell to the ground immediately and looked in a lot of pain. Starc and other Aussie players were quick enough to reach to him. The physios and the medical team reached the field immediately. Root stayed in the ground for a long of time and the physios checked the area. Root was down for about four minutes but he had to get up for his team. He hydrates himself and walks around the field and finally decides to stay in the pitch.
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This shows his dedication towards the game and his responsibility for the team. The run chase goes on as Root gets up to face the next ball.
But Root was looking uncomfortable as he was having trouble while running. He was suffering a lot but was doing it all for his team.