Ashes: Commentators Face Flak For Laughing On-Air "Watching Joe Root Run" After Being Hit In Abdomen On Day 4

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting and his co-commentators were unable to control their laughter after England skipper Joe Root struggled to run between the wickets after being hit in the abdomen by a delivery from Mitchell Starc. The incident took place during England’s second innings on Day 4 of the ongoing second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Earlier, Root had not taken the field for the first few hours on Day 4 as he was hit in the abdomen during warm-up ahead of the start of the day’s play.

However, Root’s worst nightmare came true when he was again hit in the same area while batingt on Day 4.

In a video posted by 7Cricket, Ponting and his co-commentators were caught laughing on-air while “watching Joe Root run” in the middle.

Here’s the video:

While Ponting and Co. were unable to control their laughter, fans on Twitter called out the commentators, and sympathised with Root, who was clearly in some discomfort.

Here are some of the reactions:

Unfortunately for England, Root got out for 24 on the final ball on Day 4 as Starc’s delivery from around the wicket saw him edge one.

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Chasing a mammoth target of 468, England were 167 for seven at the time of writing this with Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson batting on 23 and 0, respectively.

England are already trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, having lost the first Test in Brisbane by 9 wickets.

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