England cricketer Joe Root is one of the best slip fielders in world cricket at the moment. He has pulled off several breathtaking catches in the slip cordon for England. He produced another stunner during the fifth and final test against Australia to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne in the 2023 Ashes series on Friday, July 28 at the Kennington Oval in London.
In the forty-third over of the Australian first-innings, Mark Wood bowled a short-of-length delivery outside off-stump. Marnus Labuschagne was caught in the crease and edged the ball. It flew between Joe Root, who was at first slip and wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow stayed put in his position as the ball was closer to Joe Root.
Root was a little late to react, however, he was alert. The England fielder stuck his left hand out to grab a one-handed stunner. Labuschagne’s patient knock came to an end with Joe Root’s outstanding effort. He was dismissed for nine runs off 82 deliveries, as England lost their second wicket with 91 runs on the board.
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Australia trail by 168 runs at the end of the first session on day 2
Australia finished the first session of the second day’s play at 115/2 in the fifth Test of the 2023 Ashes series at Kennington Oval in London, trailing by 168 runs. Steve Smith joined Usman Khawaja at the crease after Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissal. Khawaja is unbeaten on 47 runs, while Steve Smith has scored 13. Mark Wood and Chris Woakes have taken a wicket each in the innings so far.
Earlier in the match, Harry Brook scored 85 runs off 91 deliveries on the first day for England. Ben Duckett also scored a run-a-ball 41 runs knock. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood’s cameos got India to 285 runs in the first innings. Mitchell Starc took a four-wicket haul, while Josh Hazlewood and Tod Murphy picked up two wickets each.