England have slumped to the bottom of the world rankings when it comes to their ability to hold on to catches. Particularly in the slips they have struggled immensely over the past few years, and in the absence of Ben Stokes Joe Root looks their safest pair of hands behind the stumps. That fact was laid bare at England training on Monday ahead of the start of the third India Test at Headingley, as Root took a series of top-class grabs. Paul Collingwood was on feeding duty, sending cherries flying around the skipper’s ears with the bowling machine cranked up.
Oof @root66 👐🔥 pic.twitter.com/Pa5iqIceAZ
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 23, 2021