Veteran England cricketer Joe Root’s brilliant unbeaten century led his team to a five-wicket win over New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. An unusual incident was witnessed during the match when Root’s bat stood straight by itself.
Joe Root walked out to bat when England was in trouble, having lost two wickets for 32 runs, chasing 277 runs. They were soon reduced to 69/4 in around 20 overs. England skipper Ben Stokes joined Joe Root at the crease. The duo added 90 runs for the fifth wicket, to bail their side out of trouble.
Ben Stokes was dismissed for 54 runs, while Root continued to hold the fort from the other hand. He stayed unbeaten to score 115 runs and lead England to victory. During the course of Joe Root’s innings, a fan witnessed something unusual.
While being at the non-striker’s end, Root’s bat stood straight, without the batter holding it. The video of the incident was uploaded on social media.
Watch the video here:
Joe Root also achieved the milestone of 10000 runs in Test cricket in the match. He became the second English cricketer after Alastair Cook to achieve the feat. Root also equaled the record for youngest ever with Alastair Cook at 31yrs and 157 days to score 10 thousand test runs.
“I just want to keep batting and win as many games for my side” – Joe Root
England cricketer, Joe Root expressed that he wants to win as many matches as he can for his team. The batter has been an asset for the England team in the red-ball format over the years. Speaking after his match-winning knock, Joe Root said:
“Ben Stokes has won many Tests for us when I was captain, it’s a great chance for me to give it back to him. so I just want to keep batting as long as I can, win as many games for my side. As long as I have got the energy and drive to do it, I will do it.”