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England vs New Zealand: Joe Root’s “ridiculous” reverse-scoop of Neil Wagner sets Twitter on fire. look | cricket news

With each passing day, England’s fresh approach to Test cricket under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum is leaving the audience more in awe of their exciting brand of cricket. While Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have thrilled fans with their aggressive batting, even Joe Root, who is considered to be the more traditional Test batsman, is getting in on the act. During Day 4 of the ongoing third Test against New Zealand at Headingley in Leeds, as England chased down 296 to complete a series sweep, Root struck out a humiliating reverse-scoop to fast bowler Neil Wagner, leaving Twitter in awe. Gone.

Left-handed Wagner, running over the wicket, bowled a full and across the root, and the star England batsman was quick to switch stance and hit the ball over the third man boundary.

The England Cricket Board shared the video on Twitter, writing, “Joe Root. You are ridiculous.”

Watch: Joe Root’s audacious shot off Neil Wagner’s ball

The shot sent Twitter into a frenzy, with fans applauding England’s “ridiculous” approach to the longest format of the game.

Joe Root, who has already scored two centuries in the season, ended the day unbeaten on 55 while Ollie Pope was batting on 81. England were 183/2 at stumps on Day 4, needing another 113 runs to win the match and a complete 3-0 whitewash at the Kiwis.

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New Zealand scored 329 runs in their first innings thanks to Daryl Mitchell’s third century in as many matches of this series.

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However, Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 162 off 157 balls and Jamie Overton’s 97 not out took England to 360 and took a 31-run lead in the first innings.

After half-centuries from Tom Blundell, Tom Latham and Daryl Mitchell, New Zealand set England a target of 296 runs.

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