Veteran English player Joe Root was dismissed for just five off Josh Hazelwood inside the first session on the first day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval leaving the side three runs behind. Joe Root tried to reach his favorite third-man area with a flick, but the ball came after hitting the woodwork. Must-win match against Australia to retain their 22-year unbeaten Test record at home, England got off to a flying start. The openers reach 62/0 in no time before the tourists counter-attacked three times. Joe Root was the last of the three, leaving England 73/3 in the 16th over. England’s best Test batsman Joe Root is struggling after a promising start in the Ashes series. After a knock of 118 and 46 in the first test, the champion batsman has scored just 157 runs in the remaining matches so far. Joe Root’s average has dropped to 26 since the second test, despite averaging nearly 46 for the series. He has also struggled against Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood, both have dismissed the right-handed batsman a combined 21 times in a test match.
Considering the magnitude of the series and this game, fans on Twitter slammed Joe Root for his lazy dismissal and overall showing in the series since the opening Test.
Here are some of the best reactions:
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England stage a recovery after three quick wickets at Lunch on Day 1
Australian captain Pat Cummins won the first toss of the series and decided to field first in a surprise decision due to bad weather. The decision backfired when England’s openers scored 62 runs in the first hour. However, the fall of three wickets in quick succession saw the home side reduced to 73/3. Mitchell Marsh broke the opening partnership, after which Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood took one wicket each.
Australia have fresh memories of The Oval, where they won the World Test championship final after beating India last month. They would like to double down on their excitement with their series win in England since 2001 at this venue.