2nd ash test: Joe Root hit in the stomach during warm-up, not taking field at start of game on day 4

Ash: Joe Root did not take the field after being hit in the stomach during the warm-up.© AFP

Just before the start of the game on day 4 of the ongoing second ash test against Australia in Adelaide, England suffered a massive blow when skipper Joe Root was hit in the stomach during a throw-in in the warm-up on Sunday. He is currently being assessed by England’s medical staff and did not take the pitch at the start of the game on day 4.

“England captain Joe Root will not be on the pitch at the start of the game today after being hit in the stomach during pre-match warm-ups. He is currently being assessed by the English medical team,” cricket.com. said au in a statement.

For England, Dawid Malan and Joe Root played a stroke of 80 and 62, respectively, after losing both openers for cheap on Day 2. The pair added 138 runs to the third wicket and kept England inside the match for a while.

But after their dismissals, the English batting line-up collapsed and they were eventually ruled out for 236 on day 3.

For Australia, Mitchell Starc got a four-for, while Nathan Lyon scalped three wickets.

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Earlier, Australia had declared their first innings of 473 / 9d on the back of Marnus Labuschagnes 103.

Australia are currently 52/3 after losing opener Marcus Harris and night watchman Michael Neser in the early hours of the game on day 4

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