Joe Root did an absolutely ridiculous reverse sweep on the fourth day of the third Test between England and New Zealand on Sunday (June 26). Root’s reverse sweep shot that got him six runs off Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner took social media by surprise. It was a risky shot in the 22nd over of the innings when Root changed his position and hit Wagner for a six over third man. The former England captain gave the New Zealand bowler a cheeky smile just after his stunning shot, which put the crowd on their feet.
Notably, the shocking thing was not the reverse sweep, but it was Joe Root who played a high-risk shot and with such talent that the ball went all the way for the maximum. Came to bat at No. 4, Root shared a 70-run partnership for the third wicket with Ollie Pope.
England were 94/2 to be specific when Root pulled a magic shot out of his book. The former captain was batting on 16 for 35 off the last ball of the 22nd over when he hit Wagner for a six over the third man.
Watch the video of Root’s magical reverse-sweep shot below…
Joe Root. You’re funny.
Coming into the match, after losing to Alex Lees (9) and Zack Crawley (25), Joe Root and Ollie Pope took over the innings for England, chasing 296 against New Zealand. Earlier, New Zealand had scored 326 runs in their second innings with the help of captain Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell. England now need 113 runs in 93 overs to win the third and final Test of the series against New Zealand. England are already the winners of the series as they have won the first two Test matches against the Kiwis.