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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."


Root keeps England within a chance in Adelaide

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Skipper Joe Root was keeping England's hopes alive in pursuit of a national-record run chase to complete an astounding reversal of fortune in Adelaide.

James Anderson's maiden five-wicket haul in Australia, and four from Chris Woakes, helped Root's side bowl their hosts out for 138 on day four to give themselves a highly-improbable victory target of 354 in this inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test.

Following a half-century opening stand, England lost Alastair Cook lbw to Nathan Lyon and Mark Stoneman caught at gully off Mitchell Starc, and then just as the lights were taking effect after dinner, James Vince also edged a drive at the left-armer to slip to leave his team 91 for three.

But Root, having used a review to overturn an lbw dismissal against Lyon on 32, and Dawid Malan were frustrating Australia, whose desperation for a breakthrough saw them lose both reviews in the space of three balls.


Below-par England set West Indies 156 to win World T20 final

England posted 155 for nine in their World Twenty20 final against the West Indies as Joe Root led the way with a classy half-century at Eden Gardens.

When Darren Sammy won his 10th straight toss he was quick to send England in and promptly saw them lose three quick cheap wickets in the first five overs.

But Root's 54 in 36 balls gave the innings some backbone, with Jos Buttler (36) and David Willey (21) chipping in as wickets tumbled regularly in Kolkata.

The Windies performed their trademark 'champion' dance after a number of dismissals, to Root's apparent distaste as he left the field.

Root backs Bairstow to shine in Ashes

Joe Root, left, knows what Jonny Bairstow, right, can do. Credit: PA

Joe Root believes Jonny Bairstow can show his ability in the the Ashes after being called up to replace Gary Ballance.

Bairstow is the leading run-scorer in the County Championship, but has previously struggled to perform at international level, something Root thinks he can put right.

It's never easy to come into such a big series - but he's averaging a hundred, with five hundreds under his belt.

He'll be desperate to carry on the great form he's shown this season so far.

Jonny will be so excited and he couldn't be in better form...he'll be determined to emulate that on the highest stage.

– Joe Root

England batsman Root in world's top five

Joe Root has leapt into the top-five of the ICC's Test batting rankings for the first time in his career after his man-of-the-match performance in the first Investec Ashes Test win over Australia.

Root's seventh Test century, which he described as his best after the 169-run win, set the game up for England before he followed it with a 60 to help stretch the lead beyond 400.

Joe Root has in the form of his life. Credit: PA

Those numbers also helped the 24-year-old right-hander move up three places to fourth position on the ICC's Test Batting Rankings as he went past the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Younus Khan.

Root has a career-best 884 points and is now seven points behind South Africa's Hashim Amla.

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