Cometh the hour cometh the man – the line best suits England Test skipper Joe Root. He was in an awful form in the recent-past but stood tall for England when it mattered the most. His resolute back-to-back centuries sealed One-day International series against India.
Meanwhile, ahead of the Test series, Root picked up his bowling form as well. In the recently-concluded County clash between Yorkshire and Lancashire, Root showcased his bowling credentials as well.
Root claims four wickets for five runs:
Initially, it was Yorkshire, who won the toss and asked Lancashire to bowl first. Despite the toss, nothing went in favour of Yorkshire, as Lancashire struck breakthroughs often than not.
Harry Brook was the first to get dismissed, and later, the magical hat-trick took place. A run-out of Tim Bresnan followed the hat-trick while Gary Ballance was out for a cheap score.
However, the opening batsman, Adam Lyth continued his golden form. But, the wickets kept tumbling from the other end which saw him go after Lancashire who eventually bundled out for 70. He was supported by the skipper, Steven Patterson, who stitched 45-run partnership before edging Tom Bailey to Keaton Jennings.
Despite registering only 192 in the first innings, the stunning effort from bowlers helped Yorkshire bundle Lancashire to just 109 runs.
Taking the 83-run lead, Yorkshire registered a decent 239 on the tougher conditions to bat.
Chasing 322, Lancashire was never in the game unless alone fight from Jos Buttler.
The presence of Buttler at the crease made Yorkshire nervous but then came the skipper, Joe Root who bundled out the rest of the team in a flash.
He first took the big fish, Buttler and then ripped through the tail-enders. His tricky spin combined with Lancashire’s worthless air-strokes drawn curtains on Lancashire’s fight.
Earlier, their key player Liam Livingstone was injured while taking a catch at slip cordon.
Pertinently, England will host India in the first encounter of the five-match Test series on August 1st in Birmingham. Interestingly, Joe Root cherished his time in the county with Yorkshire.
Yorkshire – 198-all out; Lancashire – 109-all out
Yorkshire – 232-all out.