Ashes 2013, 2nd Test: Joe Root falls for 180, England declare on 349/7 on Day 4

Joe Root (right) missed out on a maiden Test double hundred after being dismissed for 180 on Day Four of the second Test © Getty Images

Jul 21, 2013

England have declared their second innings on 349 for seven in the morning of Day Four of the second Test against Australia at Lord’s. The visitors thus need 583 runs to win the match.

England lost the wickets of overnight batsmen Jonny Bairstow (20) and Joe Root (180) within the first 20 minutes of the day. Bairstow was the first to go after getting cramped up for room and edging Ryan Harris to the wicketkeeper.

Root, unbeaten on 178 overnight, added two more runs to his total before going for an audacious overhead scoop off Harris, but could only find third-man. The 22-year-old thus missed out on becoming the first English right-handed opener since Graham Gooch to score a double hundred.

England skipper Alastair Cook immediately declared the team’s innings after Root’s wicket, thus giving Australia an improbable, mammoth target to win.

Brief scores:

England 361 (Jonathan Trott 58, Ian Bell 109, Jonny Bairstow 67; Ryan Harris 5 for 72, Steven Smith 3 for 18) and 349 for 7 (Joe Root 180, Ian Bell 74; Peter Siddle 3 for 65) lead Australia 128 (Shane Watson 30; Tim Bresnan 2 for 28, Graeme Swann 5 for 44) by 582 runs.

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