Joe Root breaks age old World Cup record

Joe Root scripted history during the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 breaking former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s long-standing record. England reached to the final after 27-years defeating Australia by 8 wickets. 

Joe Root breaks age old World Cup record
Joe Root breaks Ricky Ponting’s 12-year old record. Photo: Getty Images.

Root grabbed the catch of Australia’s late order batsman Pat Cummins thus surpassed the long-standing record of most catches by a non-wicket keeper in a single edition of the tournament.

With 12 catches on the card, the English performer left behind former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of 11 catches during the 2003 World Cup.

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South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and England batsman Jonny Bairstow stand at number three and four with 10 and 9 catches respectively to their names in the ongoing World Cup.

In the beginning of things, a hostile bowling performance from England pacers overshadowed the Australian batting after they went to bat first winning the toss in the second semi-final of the tournament.

The opening spell of Chris Woakes (3/20) and Jofra Archer (2/32) cost Aussies losing five wickets within a handful of runs on the board.

Steven Smith produced a gutsy performance scoring 85 taking Australia to a competitive total. But English openers launched a flying start while chasing the small total made the home team to reach in the port of victory with 18 overs to spare.

England will meet New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on 14th of this month.

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