Ashes 2019: Australia opener David Warner came up with the goods as he pulled off a brilliant catch to send English skipper Joe Root packing on Day 4 at Headingley. It was an important wicket as Root was well-set on 77 looking to get a century. Nathan Lyon picked up the crucial wicket in the first hour of Day 4. Root came down the track and wanted to play it on the leg side for a single. Unfortunately, it came off the outside edge and Paine missed it completely, but Warner, at first slip had got a good sighter. He dived across to his left and held on to a breathtaking catch.
Here is the catch:
Root could only add two runs to his overnight score before biting the dust, but all credit goes to Warner for his anticipation.
Earlier, requiring 359 to win the third Test and equalize the Ashes, England lost their openers cheaply. Root and Denly, too, were scratchy in the initial stages but soon found their A-game. They rallied on to first steady the ship for the home team and then started to keep the scoreboard ticking as they countered Australia’s bowling attack.
The duo went on to bat for more than 53 overs and added 126 runs for the third wicket. Denly was constantly kept in check with short balls from the Australian pacers. But the batsman was also on the mark as he ducked and saw most of them through. However, after settling in, Root took off the pressures from Denly and started treating the earning the maximum results as much as he could.
As the partnership crossed the 100-mark, Australia upped their ante and bowled tighter lengths. Accordingly many appeals came up and the visitors even lost a review in the process but the home team continued with their proceedings. However, the party was not to last long as Josh Hazlewood struck in the 54th over.