After Alastair Cook left the field, Joe Root was made the stand-in skipper. Photo Courtesy: (Photo grab from video) England Cricket Twitter
After Alastair Cook left the field, Joe Root was made the stand-in skipper. Photo Courtesy: (Photo grab from video) England Cricket Twitter

England skipper Alastair Cook has gone for a X-Ray for blow near knee, confirmed England Cricket on Twitter. Cook took a nasty blow near his knee during England’s ongoing third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, when Rangana Herath hit a drive of Moeen Ali’s bowling. The England skipper, who was standing at silly point, felt the whole wrath of the shot as the ball hit him near his knee roll. At first, he showed very little sign of pain, but the very next delivery felt the effects of the blow. He stayed on till the end of the first session, but did not arrive after Lunch. In his absence, Joe Root was made the stand-in skipper. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 3rd Test at Lord’s

Cook made a brilliant 85 in the first innings as England reached a total of 416. The star of the show though was Jonny Bairstow, who ended up unbeaten at 167, his personal best in Test cricket. He also overtook Alec Stewart in the process for the highest Test score by an English wicket-keeper at home. Bairstow joined Cook when England were 84 for 4. They formed a 80-run partnership before skipper was dismissed.

England have already won the series, having won the first two Tests. They won the first Test at Headingley by an innings and 88 runs. The second Test saw the visitors show some fight, but the hosts still won the game by nine wickets. In the second Test, Cook became the youngest player to score 10,000 runs in Test, beating Sachin Tendulkar to the record.