Last Update on: July 28th, 2023 at 05:39 pm
Joe Root’s spectacular one-handed catch gave England an early wicket on day 2 of the ongoing fifth Test at The Oval. Australia resumed day 2 on 61/1 and lost the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne early in the day.
Labuschagne played 82 deliveries and scored just nine runs as he looked more to survive than to score. He scored at a strike rate of 10.98. This is also one of the slowest innings from the Australian righthander.
Mark Wood was haring in to bowl the last delivery of the 43rd over of the Australian first innings. He bowled the delivery with pace just outside the off stump. The ball took the edge of Labuschagne’s bat and flew to first slip. Root standing at first slip plucked the ball out of thin air as it entered his left hand.
Watch Joe Root’s One-Handed Stunner To Dismiss Marnus Labuschagne
What an absolute blinder from @Root66 🔥
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Root’s catch was one of the spectacular catches of the ongoing Ashes series. All his England teammates ran towards him to congratulate him on the catch giving his team a crucial breakthrough.
Marnus added a crucial 42-run stand before getting out, therefore, weathering the initial storm of the England bowlers late on day 1 and for a while on day 2.
England are trailing the series 2-1 and need to win the Test match to level the series. Australia, on the other hand, are looking to win the series 3-1.
Australia have not won an Ashes series in England in the last 22 years. Australia won the toss and opted to bowl on day 1. They bundled out the hosts for 283 and now are trying to overhaul the target themselves in their first innings.
Meanwhile, after the Manchester Test washout, ECB Chairman Richard Thompson said that he will hold a meeting with ICC Chairman Greg Barclay “to ensure that schedules can be more flexible” after hopes of England reclaiming the Ashes were dashed due to rain.