The Ashes: England captain Joe Root returns after missing start of day…
Joe Root is England’s second highest run-scorer so far in the Ashes series
England captain Joe Root has returned to the field after missing the start of day four of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide because of injury.
Root, 30, was hit with the ball, while not wearing a protective box, as he practised batting during the warm-up before play started.
He left the Adelaide Oval for a examine but has been cleared to play and returned 18 overs into the day.
Root is nevertheless in some discomfort and it is unclear if he will be able to bowl.
He has not been able to bowl in addition because of the time he spent off the field and seam bowler Ollie Robinson has been bowling part-time off-spin instead.
Australia resumed day four on 45-1, leading by 282 runs after three principal days.
Root followed his 89 in the first Test with 62 on day three in Adelaide. Root and Dawid Malan are the only England batters to score more than 40 in an innings on tour.
Root has scored 1,606 runs in 2021 – a record for an England batter in a calendar year – with the next highest scorer for England in that period opener Rory Burns with 496.
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