England are taking big strides in the ongoing Test against New Zealand. After a comprehensive victory against the Black Caps in the first test by 267 runs, England are on course to whitewash the Kiwis. Interestingly, England’s explosive batter, Joe Root’s Test form was a key component of the series, and his second innings fifty in Test 1 was certainly a step in the right direction.
Root is known for his creativity while batting. He often plays unorthodox shots and finds unimaginable ways to score runs. One trademark shot he plays is the reverse scoop, the shot that got him out in the first test. However, in the second test, Joe Root played his reverse scoop to perfection just after completing his century, with the Internet going crazy at the cricketer’s guts to play a risky shot at such a time.
Here’s a video of the shot:
Anyone who was cross at Joe Root for getting out to this shot in the first Test isn’t legally allowed to enjoy this. pic.twitter.com/mc4ONxynUu
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 24, 2023
New Zealand trail by 297 runs at Stumps, Day 2
Speaking of the match, New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first on a surface that looked for bowling. However, the Kiwis could not do much as England rode on a masterful 186 runs off 176 deliveries by Harry Brook and Joe Root’s unbeaten 153 runs off 224 deliveries to reach a score of 435/8 before declaring their innings. Matt Henry remained the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand with four scalps from 22.1 overs, conceding 100 runs.
In reply, New Zealand are struggling at 138/7 at stumps on Day 2. Opening batter Tom Latham has been the highest scorer for the Kiwis with 35 runs off 76 deliveries. Skipper Tim Southee (23 off 18) and wicketkeeper batter Tom Blundell (25 off 55) are currently at the crease for New Zealand. James Anderson and Jack Leach have picked up three wickets for England. At the same time, Stuart Board has picked up one. The English are well ahead in the game, going into a decisive Day 3.