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England and West Indies are currently battling it out in the second Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The West Indies have got a vital breakthrough in the form of the skipper Joe Root for 23 as the tourists got back right in the game. It was paceman Alzarri Joseph, who provided the wicket to bring an end to a promising stand of 52 with Dom Sibley. England’s mainstay Joe Root became a victim of Alzarri Joseph for the fourth time in the last five innings, extending back to England’s tour of the Caribbean in 2018-19.

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Joseph fired a classic outswinger that tempted Root to swing his arms. It did not pay off as well as the skipper would have liked, going straight into the hands at the slips of visiting captain, Jason Holder. The partnership of 52 with Dom Sibley came after off-spinner Roston Chase struck in successive deliveries one right before and after lunch to remove Rory Burns and Zak Crawley for 15 and 0 respectively. Their score is 96-3 at present.

Watch: Alzarri Joseph Gets Joe Root For The Fourth Time In The Last Five Innings
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Ahead of the must-win game, the home side made four changes into their playing eleven. They omitted Joe Denly from the fold for the returning Joe Root while the likes of Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, and Stuart Broad turned up instead of James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.

Here’s the clip of Joe Root’s wicket:

Archer landed in a massive controversy as he breached the bio-security protocols leading to his axing from the second Test. As far as England is concerned, they must win the game to keep their hopes alive to reclaim the Wisden Trophy. After their four-wicket win in Southampton, even a draw in the next two Tests will be enough for Jason Holder’s men to retain the coveted title.

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