Joe Root follows Arsene Wenger's lead to avoid discussing his controversial dismissal

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Joe Root reverted to an Arsene Wenger classic to repel questions regarding his controversial dismissal at the hands of Umesh Yadav in the first innings of England's opening Test in India. 

Root was caught and bowled by Yadav on 124, rather questionably, however, as the Indian fast bowler appeared to lose control of the ball shortly after it hit his hands as he attempted to throw the ball in the air in celebration.

The catch drew comparisons to the infamous Herschelle Gibbs catch/drop at the 1999 World Cup where he began celebrating the wicket of Steve Waugh before the ball had been secured. 


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The on-field decision of out was upheld by third umpire Rod Tucker without condemning evidence to overturn it in his eyes. 

The 25-year-old batsman commented: “I was so disgusted with the shot that – and I’m giving it the Arsene Wenger approach here – I didn’t really see what was happening.

“Having seen the slo-mo replay, it does look out. But when it’s speeded up it looks a bit strange.

“I was very lucky to get an umpire’s call with an lbw earlier on, and you have to take the rough with the smooth sometimes and just get on with it.”

England have made a fine start to the series in pursuit of their third consecutive series win in India and began day two on 311-4. 

Moeen Ali (117) and Ben Stokes (128) notched further centuries to go with their vice-captain's effort and led their side to a commanding first innings score of 537, also owing to valuable runs in the afternoon session from Jonny Bairstow and Zafar Ansari. 

India's opening pair of Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir then strolled out to bat and stoically saw their side to 63/0 at the close of play. 

Despite the absence of a wicket, England's spinners, in particular, will have been encouraged by the grip and turn available to them, as well as the control shown, especially from Ali and Ansari. 

Day three in Rajkot is poised to be a crucial one in deciding the outcome of this already controversial affair.

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