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Subject : Ton-up Root turns South Africa tide in first Test as captain


Joe Root marked his first innings as England captain with a superb 184 not out against South Africa at Lord´s on Thursday.

England were 357 for five at stumps, having collapsed to 76 for four before lunch on the first day of the opening Test of a four-match series.

But Root´s 12th hundred in 54 Tests, and third at Lord´s, justified his decision to bat first after winning the toss in what was England´s first match at this level since he was appointed following Alastair Cook´s resignation as skipper in February.

New vice-captain Ben Stokes made 56 and helped wrest the initiative away from the Proteas in a fifth-wicket stand of 114.

Moeen Ali´s 61 not out cemented the recovery as he added an unbroken 167 with Root.

Concerns had been expressed that captaincy would reduce Root´s effectiveness as a batsman.

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Posted on July, 07 2017 12:27:54 PM


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