On Day 4 of the Adelaide Test, England captain Joe Root copped a nasty blow right in the nether region. He was down for the count and needed more than four minutes to get back on his feet. And this was done with the help of a couple of pills.
The grimace on Root’s face reminded former England skipper, Alastair Cook, of the time he underwent the same albeit while fielding. Back then, Root was seen having an absolute cackle at the expense of Cook. Drawing on his own experience, Cook said he felt okay after a while and jokingly added that he has had kids after taking the blow.
“I would love to say what goes around comes around. But I was OK. I’ve had two children since. I don’t know how Rooty is at the moment,” Cook was quoted as saying by The West.
What made it worse for Root was that he was struck in the same area before the start of play during practice. As a result, he didn’t take the field in the first session and was seen running around gingerly in the evening session.
“We got told to give Joe Root some space” – Travis Head
Following the terrible injury, the Australians were asked to take it lightly and give Root some space. The angle with which Mitchell Starc, the bowler who hit him in the “box”, was bowling would have only aggravated the injury.
“We got told to give him some space, so we kept well away. Obviously, he went through some trouble (on Sunday) morning then Starcy (bowling) on that line is never pretty. Unfortunately with the day that he’s had it, it wasn’t a great time to get hit,” Head mentioned.
Close to the end of the day’s play, Starc did get Root as the England captain nicked one-off to give Alex Carey a comfortable catch.