England skipper Joe Root was struck on his groin by a fast delivery from Australian pacer Mitchell Starc.

England skipper (Joe Root in ashes 2021) was struck on his groin by a fast delivery from Australian pacer Mitchell Starc on Day 4 of the 2nd Ashes 2021-22 Test match. Root fell to the ground and was seen withering in pain.

He suffered a similar injury while practicing in the nets before the fourth day’s play. And now, Alastair Cook has reacted to Root’s painful blow. The former England skipper was struck on the box during an Ashes Test in 2015 while fielding in the slips, and Root, who was stationed next to him, was in splits looking at his teammate.

“I would love to say what goes around comes around. But I was OK. I’ve had two children since. I don’t know how Rooty is at the moment,” said Cook as quoted by The West.

Travis Head revealed the Aussies were told to give the England player some breather as he suffered an unfortunate injury.

“We were told to give him space as it is unfortunate to get hit in that area,” said Head.

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