England vs Australia, 2nd Test (D/N), Adelaide, Dec 16 – 20 2021, The Ashes
Day 4 – England need 386 runs
Marnus Labuschagne: “That’s the first I’ve heard of it. It’s a special feeling, but Bradman’s done and a couple of nicks and you right back down the pecking order. You can’t really think like that. I just think of trying to score as many runs as possible each innings to put us in positions to win games. The personal performances and accolades are nice but winning games is by far the most enjoyable part.”
Think it’s always a part of the game I’ve had, leaving the ball, that decision-making around off stump. In particular the majority of this innings I felt I left the ball quite well. I never really felt in, it was one of those wickets [where] you always felt like you were grinding away. Never felt like any of the runs I was making were easy.
If anything it’s harder. It’s harder to get a rhythm with the pink ball and every game is so different. We played against Pakistan and the wicket had a bit less grass so it was a bit flatter, played here last summer against India and it was quite two-paced. Then this game, there’s a bit more grass and it felt like it was seaming all day when they put the ball in the right area. You didn’t know where your run was going to come from.”
Root gets hit in the Groin: It was not a good day for English dignity. In a difficult situation and facing the prospect of Australia steadily driving home their advantage, the tourists initially came to field without their captain, Root requiring a scan after being hit in what the ECB euphemistically termed “the abdomen” while taking some throwdowns – this time not wearing a box. It all added to the sense that this Ashes tour is becoming yet another cock-up and balls story.
Root got hit in the groin again in the last 10 minutes of the day. And he was in abysmal pain. He rolled on the ground, visibly in excruciating pain. The slow-mo replays had shown definitely that it was not the “abdomen”.
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