Watch: England's Joe Root bats left-handed during first Test against Pakistan

He switched mode against leg spinner Zahid Mahmood for a couple of deliveries before returning to his usual stance

England's Joe Root plays a shot. Photo: Reuters
England's Joe Root plays a shot. Photo: Reuters


Published: Sun 4 Dec 2022, 5:28 PM

Last updated: Sun 4 Dec 2022, 6:10 PM

England batter Joe Root batted left-handed during the first Test against Pakistan on Sunday.

Making the most of the batting-friendly conditions in Rawalpindi, Root switched to a left-handed mode while facing right-arm spinner Zahid Mahmood for the first two deliveries of his sixth over.

Root swept the ball one to square leg but was dropped by Naseem Shah at mid-wicket on the next ball. The batter quickly ditched the idea and reverted to his right-handed batting stance but was dismissed for 73 by Mahmood after being caught by Imam-ul-Haq.

England declared their innings at 264/7 in 35.5 overs in their second innings. Harry Brook scored 87 off 65 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes. Joe Root (73) and Zak Crawley (50) also scored in the fifties. With this, England gained a 342-run lead in the match, setting a target of 343 for the hosts.

Naseem Shah, Mohammad Ali and Zahid Mahmood took two wickets. Agha Salman got a wicket each.

In their first innings, Pakistan was all out for 579 in reply to England's first innings score of 657. They were trailing by 78 runs in the match at that point.

Babar Azam (136) scored a brilliant ton, with openers Imam-ul-Haq (121) and Abdullah Shafique (114). Will Jacks (6/161) was fantastic for England with the ball. Jack Leach took two scalps, while James Anderson and Ollie Robinson took a wicket each.


England posted 657 in their first innings. The visitors took full advantage of the batting-friendly conditions, and Crawley (122), Ben Duckett (107), Ollie Pope (108) and Harry Brook (153) posted tons.

Zahid Mahmood (4/235) and Naseem Shah (3/140) were the picks of the bowlers for Pakistan. Ali took two, while Haris Rauf also got a wicket.

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