England Cricket: Joe Root grabs a century as England set up success in West Indies

England's batsmen Joe Root, left, and Gary Ballance
England's batsmen Joe Root, left, and Gary Ballance
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Joe Root hit a masterful attacking century as England positioned themselves for a victory push on day three of the second Test against West Indies.

Sheffield man Root was in wonderful touch as he reached his hundred in just 125 balls, playing with freedom and intent on a pitch that placed him on a different plane.

England had other successes - Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott sharing the team’s first century opening stand for more than two years, Gary Ballance reeling off another redoubtable 77 - but Root operated with ease on a day where others were made to work long and hard for their runs.

After 112 overs, England were 46 ahead on 345 for five, with Root 102 not out.

It was a sixth century for the 24-year-old, who also equalled the English Test record of six consecutive scores of 50 or more.