Ashes 2017/18: Watch: Mitchell Starc’s Brutal Bouncer Shatters Joe Root’s Helmet
That the Australia’s formidable pace attack led by the fiery Mitchell Starc would pepper England with a barrage of bouncers was very much known, but the start of the series did not pan out as expected due to the uncharacteristic Gabba pitch. The pitch, which is known for its pace and bounce, did not look too dangerous in the first innings but it did not take long for the hosts to give the visitors a glimpse of things that are to follow as Starc bowled a nasty bouncer to none other than Joe Root.
After Steve Smith’s brilliant century bailed Australia out of trouble, Josh Hazlewood gave the hosts a flying start by dismissing Alastair Cook and James Vince cheaply. The onus was on Root to help England reach stumps on day two without suffering any further setback but even before the skipper could get a feel of things at the ‘Gabbatoir’ he was hit near his left ear by a dangerous short ball from Starc which clocked over 144 kph.
Such was the impact of the bouncer that the strapping of the helmet came off. But for a while, the rivalry took the backseat as Starc and David Warner ran towards the England star to check if he was fine. The team doctor soon attended the right-handed batsman and changed helmet as the action resumed. Interestingly the next ball from Starc was also a short ball, but Root managed to play it well.
Here is the clip of that incident:
Meanwhile, England finished the day on 33 for 2, with their lead extended to 7 runs. First-innings’ half-centurion Mark Stoneman is unbeaten on 19 while Root was giving him the company and is unbeaten on 5.
Earlier in the day, Australia captain Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 141 to help his team take a handy 26-run lead. Resuming the day on 165 for 4, the hosts were staring down the barrel after being reduced to 209 for seven, but Smith shared handy stands with the tail-enders to bail his team out of the mess.
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