England Test skipper Joe Root had a mixed Ashes series as far as his individual performances are concerned but, he had nothing to be happy about the collective performances as his team was handed a humiliating 146-run defeat in the fifth and final Test at Hobart on Sunday. Due to this loss, the visitors ended up losing the series 4-1.
Joe Root was expected to play an anchor’s role during England’s tricky chase of 271 on Day 3 of the Hobart Test and he did manage to hang around there for a while before pacer Scott Boland accounted for him with an unplayable delivery.
Joe Root had scored 11 runs off 31 deliveries including a boundary, and just as when it appeared that his resistance could somewhat help England in pulling off a famous win, he was forced to take a long walk back to the pavilion. A delivery bowled by Scott Boland kept way too lower than expected as it successfully breached the batter’s defence and went on to disturb the off-stump. Root stood there helplessly and smiled in disbelief as the Australian players celebrated.
“There’s nothing you can do about that. It hit one of those cracks”, said a commentator on air.
Watch Joe Root’s unfortunate dismissal here:
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Coming back to the contest, the English bowlers did exceptionally well to bowl the Aussies out for just 155 in their second innings to set a target of 271 runs. In reply, the visitors seemed to be cruising towards an easy win as openers Rory Burns (26) and Zak Crawley (36) added 68 runs for the first wicket. Nonetheless, once the duo was dismissed, no other batter managed to offer much resistance as England were bundled out for 124.
Travis Head was adjudged the Player of the Match and the Series for his outstanding batting performances.