Joe Root’s box shattered after 87mph Starc delivery hits him in the groin

The England captain required a moment or two before he could continue.

By Press Association Published: 6 September 2019 - 4.45pm

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Cricket players all over the world were given a swift reminder to wear a box after Joe Root was struck in the unmentionables by a Mitchell Starc delivery.

The England captain was well set on 36 in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, anchoring the hosts’ response to Australia’s 497, when an 87mph ball struck him in the groin.

England v Australia – Fourth Test – Day Three – 2019 Ashes Series – Emirates Old Trafford

England v Australia – Fourth Test – Day Three – 2019 Ashes Series – Emirates Old Trafford

Root required a break from play before he was able to continue, eventually reaching his half-century off 117 balls.

England v Australia – Fourth Test – Day Three – 2019 Ashes Series – Emirates Old Trafford

England v Australia – Fourth Test – Day Three – 2019 Ashes Series – Emirates Old Trafford

And the damage done to the Englishman’s box will have had village cricketers making sure they have one packed for their next game.

Ouch.