David Warner took five catches before Day 4 in the ongoing third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds but none were as spectacular or as important than the one he took on the fourth day to dismiss England captain Joe Root. Standing in first slip, David Warner was once airborne when he grasped the catch as Root came down the wicket to Nathan Lyon and tried to beat the off-spinner through the leg side. Lyon’s delivery deflected off Root’s back leg, looped over Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, with Warner diving full length and completing the catch with both hands.
Brilliant catch from Warner and the captain goes for 77.
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 25, 2019
Joe Root managed to add just two runs to his overnight score before he was once dismissed for 77 to bolster Australia’s chances of completing an Ashes-clinching win on the fourth day.
The end of Root’s 205-ball innings left England 159/4 in the 78th over and still needing a further 200 runs to succeed in an imposing victory target of 359.
Only three sides have made more than 300 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Headingley — Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia, 2001) and the West Indies with 322-5 two years ago.
England were now left having a look to all-rounder Ben Stokes and new batsman Jonny Bairstow, like Root playing on his Yorkshire home ground, as they tried to level this five-match series at 1-1.
That England had any chance at all of a win, even a remote one, was once significant provided they had been dismissed for just 67 — their lowest Ashes complete since 1948 — in the first innings.
Another sun-drenched day in Leeds saw England renew on 156-3, with Root 75 not out and Stokes two not out after facing 50 balls on Saturday.
They had yet to add to their overnight score when Stokes missed an a pull off a Josh Hazlewood bouncer that smashed into his helmet, between the grille and peak, with the stem guard protecting his neck flying off at the back.
The all-rounder, who made an unbeaten century in the drawn second Test at Lord’s, was once cleared to bat on, on the other hand.
Eventually Root scored England’s first run of Sunday’s play off the 26th ball of the day only to be dismissed soon afterwards.
Whether Australia win this match they are going to keep the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play having thrashed England by 251 runs in the series opener at Edgbaston.
(With AFP inputs)