Cricket: Joe Root Hits Unbeaten 184 – success for England👏❤️

Cricket: Joe Root Hits Unbeaten 184
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Cricket: Joe Root Hits Unbeaten 184. Crowd at Lords were totally ecstatic!

It was Joe Root’s first day as England Test captain to put his side in control against South Africa.

Arriving at the crease with England 17-2, the 26-year-old then saw them slump to 74-4.

But Root steadied the ship with Ben Stokes and then made hay with Moeen Ali as England closed on 357-5.

Root was fortunate to be dropped in the gully on 16 and was later reprieved by a no-ball when stumped on 149.

Vernon Philander impressed for South Africa, removing both England openers and Jonny Bairstow cheaply.

It was Root’s day, however, as he hit the highest score by an England captain in his first game in charge.

He also follows in the footsteps of his three immediate predecessors – Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss – in marking his Test leadership debut with a ton.

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