STUMPS: Root groin blow adds to England woes

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England look the near-impossible task of scoring different 386 runs connected the last time of the 2nd Ashes Test to triumph the game.

What's much imaginable but besides highly improbable is England surviving different 3 sessions to salvage a gully successful Adelaide, aft limping to stumps connected the 4th time astatine 4-82.

Australia added to the tourists' symptom erstwhile left-arm speedy Mitchell Starc removed Joe Root connected the last shot of the day, which followed an excruciating stroke to the captain's testicles.

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Australia's stand-in captain, Steve Smith, had declared astatine 9-230 conscionable earlier tea, mounting England a grounds fourth-innings pursuit of 468 to win.

The mammoth pursuit began successful disastrous manner erstwhile Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for a six-ball duck, earlier Rory Burns mustered lone 34, Dawid Malan 20 and Root 24.

Dawid Malan was 1 of 3 England batters to suffer their wicket precocious connected the 4th time of the 2nd Ashes Test. (Getty)

Root mislaid his wicket erstwhile helium edged a Starc transportation done to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

The world's No.1-ranked men's Test batter was dealt not 1 but 2 doses of horrible misfortune connected the 4th day.

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His stroke to the testicles precocious successful the last session, caused by a accelerated Starc delivery, followed a deed to the abdomen conscionable earlier the commencement of play. He had been struck successful the abdomen portion receiving throw-downs, earlier missing the archetypal 80 minutes of play but being cleared of superior damage.

"(We were) acceptable up from (Nathan) Lyon astatine 1 extremity and (it) conscionable allowed Starc to tally successful and vessel fast," said accelerated bowler Jhye Richardson connected the Fox Cricket broadcast.

"Ruffled up Root a small bit, drew the mendacious shot.

"Couldn't beryllium happier."

All-rounder Ben Stokes (three) and No.6 Ollie Pope (zero) volition beryllium successful the mediate for the opening of the last day.

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