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Watch: Fathers of Joe Root and Ollipe Pope celebrate sons’ century

By BetBarter Staff

June 13, 2022

Ollie Pope and Joe Root had an impactful outing while playing the second Test match against New Zealand. The two helped England regain control of the match after they had conceded 553 runs in the first innings. Pope had scored 145 runs, while the former Test captain was still at the crease with 163 runs at the end of the third day.

In his 25th outing, the 24-year-old batter recorded his second Test century. However, Root stole the show on day three. He was brilliant from the beginning and continued that throughout. He reached his century with a four, and it came in just 116 balls, making it his quickest Test hundred ever. While he celebrated his century on the field, spectators saw his and Pope’s father hug while cheering their sons’ centuries in the stands.

England’s Barmy Army shared the clip on Twitter. “Beautiful moment from today. The fathers of Ollie Pope and Joe Root embrace as both their sons reach 100 for England,” read the caption.

Here is the video

In the meantime, England got bundled for 539 on the fourth day. The Kiwi bowlers were superb, they ensured that they got their team back into the game. Root went on to score a 211-ball 176.

While England was in turmoil before this series, Joe Root was in superb form. With the burden of captaincy off his shoulders, the 31-year-old is playing a lot more freely. During his knock in the ongoing second Test, he had a strike rate of 83.41.

Pope, who partnered for 187 runs off 249 balls alongside Root, was full of praise for his former captain. “We’re seeing England’s greatest ever. You don’t want to necessarily replicate what he does but try to learn as much as I can off of him. Whether that’s him throwing balls at you for 20 minutes at the end of the session, which he’ll always happily do, and if he sees something – even from the mindset point of view, trying to pick his brains as much as I possibly can, especially while he’s in this amazing run of form,” he said after the day three.

“The relentless nature of what he’s doing is something I can really learn off. He wants success for his teammates as much as they do themselves, so it’s a great attribute,” Pope added.