Joe Root had a miraculous escape in the morning session of Day 2 of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, when a ball by James Pattinson hit his stumps but his bails were not dislodged.
Bails were rooted. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/TjARIzrHRN
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 2, 2019
The umpire had in fact given Root out caught behind, but Root was quick to take the review and get the decision overturned. As replays showed, this would turn out to be the ninth wrong decision in the match, with only four sessions having been played so far. Ultraedge showed Root’s bat had made no contact with the ball.
However, as the replays showed a little later, the umpire had not been to blame for this one. There had indeed been a sound – not off Root’s bat but off the stumps.
Jofra Archer, a sensation on Twitter when he’s not being one on the cricket field, and Gary Lineker were among those who reacted to this incident with surprise.
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) August 2, 2019
As what had happened increasingly became clear, with the giant screen playing extended versions of the replay, Root was seen having hearty laughs with the Australia players.
England have made it through to lunch one down – somehow!
James Pattinson thought he had Joe Root caught behind, but a DRS review revealed the ball had clipped the stumps with the bails remaining in place.
— ICC (@ICC) August 2, 2019
England are creeping up on Australia’s first innings total and will be looking to get into the lead by the end of Day 2 on Friday.
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