Watch: Root shocks world cricket by batting left-handed, then nearly survives | Cricket

Former England captain Joe Root is a world-class batsman, in a variety of formats, and hailed as one of the Big Four in world cricket. But that’s only if he bats right-handed. Is he as formidable as he bats left-handed? Well, while the world may not have wondered, Root decided to try it out on Day 4 of the first Test between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi. He decided to shock world cricket by batting left-handed while in the middle of his innings and then nearly survives a dismissal.

It happened in the 23rd over of England’s second innings, shortly after Root completed his half-century. In the next over, against spinner Zahid Mahmood, Root turned into a left-handed batter. He played the sweep shot towards the center of the wicket against the pitch raised in the first ball, but could not find a run. In the second ball, Mahmood dealt a similar and Root executed the same shot, but this time it was in the air. Stationed near the center of the wicket, Naseem Shah made a full dive but was slow to react and therefore only managed to get the fingertips on it. Root survived and eventually scored 73 for 69 before falling to the same bowler.

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Speaking of the match, England debutant Will Jacks made all three remaining wickets fall after Pakistan resumed at 499-7, but not before the host’s opponents scored freely on a much-maligned flat Rawalpindi Stadium pitch. The visitors were frustrated for almost an hour by Agha Salman (53) and Zahid Mahmood (17) during their brave eighth wicket stand of 57.

England then raced away to 46 for two at lunchtime on the fourth day. After the break, Root and Harry Brook (87), in their fifties respectively, took England to 264 for seven in Tea, leaving the Ben Stokes-led side a 342-run lead.

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