The 2nd semi-final of World Cup 2019 between hosts England and Australia in Birmingham saw Joe Root take his catches tally for the tournament to 12 beating Ricky Ponting’s record from the 2003 edition.
Joe Root has taken 12 catches in World Cup 2019 (Reuters)
- Joe Root has now taken 12 catches in World Cup 2019
- Ricky Ponting had taken 11 catches in World Cup 2003
- Alex Carey leads the list of most number of catches by wicketkeepers in the current tournament
As soon as Joe Root took the catch to dismiss Australia’s Pat Cummins during the 2nd semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Birmingham, he claimed the long-standing record of most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in a single edition of the tournament. With 12 catches to his name, Root left behind former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of 11 grabs during the 2003 World Cup.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and Root’s teammate Jonny Bairstow round up the top-3 with 10 and 9 catches respectively to their names in the ongoing World Cup.
If you include wicket-keepers in the list, Australia’s Alex Carey tops the list with 19 dismissals to his name (17 catches, 2 stumpings) with Tom Latham (18) and Shai Hope (16) to follow in 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith (85) battled hard to lift Australia to a fighting 223 against England in the semi-final on Thursday. Chris Woakes (3/20), Adil Rashid (3/54) and Jofra Archer (2/32) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. Alex Carey (46) gave Smith good support and both added 103 runs for the seventh wicket before he fell to Rashid.
Earlier in the day, Jofra Archer got Glenn Maxwell to send Australia deep down in trouble after Rashid struck twice in the same over to remove Alex Carey (46) and Marcus Stoinis (0). Earlier, after opting to bat first Australia lost Aaron Finch, David Warner and Peter Handscomb in quick succession.