Joe Root played a brilliant knock on the third day of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand. The 31-year-old put England in a very comfortable position after they had conceded 553 runs in the first innings. Along with his batting, his special gesture for a young fan has been doing the rounds on social media.
During the tea break, Root was seen signing a little fan’s bat as he returned to the changing room. The fan seemed super excited as he received the autograph. Sky Sports, the official broadcaster of the series, posted the video on Twitter with the caption, “Joe Root makes a young fan’s day”.
Here is the viral video
Joe Root makes a young fan’s day ♥️ pic.twitter.com/3W6qpbJLTV
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 12, 2022
In the meantime, Joe Root joined Ollie Pope on the third day after the wicket of Alex Lees. The two were absolutely terrific as they effortlessly played their shots. Pope went on to hit a century after completing his fifty on the second day. Trent Boult, however, dismissed Pope (145) after they had contributed 187 runs during their partnership.
Root, on the other hand, kept the scoreboard ticking and was getting boundaries on a regular basis. He was on fire and reached his century with a four in the 80th over. It just took him 116 balls to get his second century of the series. He did not stop there and scored 163 runs by the end of day three.
England scored 473 runs at the end of day three. They currently trail by 80 runs, with Joe Root and Ben Foakes at the crease. While Pope was dismissed after scoring 145, Root went on to score a magnificent 176. However, England are 527-7 at the time of writing this article.
Notably, England won the first match of the series by five wickets. The Kiwis will now look to level the series and take it to the decider match. Thus, the hosts cannot take them lightly.