Cricket: Delight for Joe

Ton up for Joe Root
Ton up for Joe Root
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England bowled New Zealand out for 174 on day three of the second Test at Headingley with the crowd still buzzing after Joe Root’s century on Saturday.

Alastair Cook ensured a watertight lead of 296, ended the day with 88 not out in a score of 116 for one. Steven Finn and Graeme Swann starred with the ball, taking three and four wickets respectively

But it was Sheffielder Root who cast his spell on the Yorkshire crowd the previous day when he became the first Yorkshire player to score a maiden Test century at Headingley. The 22-year-old batsman, who has been a revelation since arriving on the international scene over the winter, marked his first England appearance at his home ground with a wonderful innings of 104

Root arrived at the crease with England wobbling at 67 for three but batted nervelessly and with no little skill during a 167-ball stay that included nine boundaries.

Without his efforts, the home side would not have made anything like the total they achieved.

Root has received plenty of plaudits since his debut in Nagpur six months ago, but none of them have been as heartfelt as the rapturous acclaim he receieved from the Headingley faithful as he celebrated his hundred.

“It was pretty special, very enjoyable and I am sure I will remember it for a long time,” he said.

“It is obviously right up there with the best of them. I got lost in it a bit but you only get your first one once, so you have to enjoy it and it was obviously nice to get there.

“I got a nice reception walking out then once I got to a hundred it happened again, and on my home ground.”