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Root shares joke as Kohli mocks mic-drop celebration

Kohli mocks Root's mic-drop celebration. Credit: PA

Joe Root saw the funny side of Virat Kohli's exuberant celebrations after being run out by the India captain on the opening day of the Test series at Edgbaston.

The England skipper was short of his ground following a marvellous piece of athleticism from Kohli, who collected the ball, turned and threw down the stumps in one motion.

Attention quickly shifted towards a jubilant Kohli, who blew kisses at Root and mimed his opposite number's 'mic drop' celebration from the one-day series.

Root, though, was quick to play down any hint of antagonism in the gestures, telling the BBC's Test Match Special before day two: "It actually adds to the theatre of the game.

"It's good to have those little moments within things. I thought it was quite funny. I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on. It adds to the whole drama of this series.

"I can't see it becoming an issue throughout this game or moving forward, but it makes entertaining cricket for everyone to watch - which is exactly what you want in Test cricket."

Root also said there were "no hard feelings" between him and Jonny Bairstow over the call which led to his dismissal for 80.

Root added: "It's no-one's fault in particular. You could probably say both were at fault. There's no hard feelings between me and Jonny."

AB de Villiers retires from international cricket

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from international cricket Credit: PA

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has announced his shock retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old has been a titanic figure in the Proteas' middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of their greatest ever batsmen.

De Villiers starred in the recent Test series victory over Australia - and only last year recommitted to representing South Africa in all formats after taking a break from Test cricket - but admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.

He said in a video on his Twitter account: "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.

"After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.

"This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I'd like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside."


Smith and Bancroft accept bans issued by Cricket Australia

Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not be appealing against their bans from the game. Credit: PA

Former Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not be appealing against their bans from the game.

Smith was banned along with vice-captain David Warner for their part in ball-tampering during the recent Test series in South Africa.

Batsman Bancroft was banned for nine months following a Cricket Australia investigation which revealed he had used sandpaper to try to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test at Cape Town.

There had been reports of a possible appeal by the players against the bans but Smith has said on Twitter he will not seek to have the sanction reduced.

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