Alastair Cook reacts to painful Joe Root blow after roles were reversed in 2015

Sir Alastair Cook afforded himself a smile after Joe Root was struck in a very painful area during day four of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The England captain was left doubled over after Mitchell Starc arrowed a ball into his nether regions late in the day.

Root was already struggling having missed the morning session to undergo a scan at hospital after being struck in a very similar area in the nets before the start of play.

The Yorkshireman was able to continue but, to add insult to injury, he was dismissed by Starc in the final over of the day leaving England with a mountain to climb if they are to escape with a draw.

Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope will resume at the crease on Monday and the tourists must bat the full day with only six wickets in the hutch to avoid falling 2-0 behind in the five-match series which heads to Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Cook was in the studio for BT Sport and was reminded of a very similar incident involving himself during the first Ashes Test of the 2015 series in Cardiff.

The Essex opener was fielding in the slips when the ball crashed into his midriff from the edge of Steve Smith's bat, leaving him in agony.

Root offered a pat of sympathy to his then skipper, but the camera caught him laughing at his teammate's misfortune as he did so.

Cook was forced to spend almost an hour off the pitch.

"I saw it pretty clearly actually. I was trying not to laugh," said Aussie batsman Chris Rogers, who was at the non-striker's end.

"Particularly when I saw Joe Root laugh I thought 'oh, he's ok.' But apparently it was a sickening sound, so we'll leave it at that."

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Cook had a message for Root this time around as he watched on from the studio in London.

"I would love to say what goes around comes around!" he joked. "But I was OK. I've had two children since. I don't know how Rooty is at the moment."

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