Root star man in great Test win

Sheffield's Joe Root celebrates the wicket of  Usman Khawaja in England's victory in the second Test over Australia at  Lord's
Sheffield's Joe Root celebrates the wicket of Usman Khawaja in England's victory in the second Test over Australia at Lord's
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Sheffield and Yorkshire’s Joe Root was man of the match as England claimed a 2-0 Ashes series lead over Australia.

England captain Alastair Cook was full of praise for Root’s “fantastic” century, while insisting there is still plenty more to come from the young opener.

Root earned his accolade by scoring 180 in England’s 349 for seven before taking the valuable wickets of Michael Clarke (51) and Usman Khawaja (54) as Australia were bowled out for 235 in their second innings to lose by 347 runs at Lord’s .

Cook said of the 22-year-old, who was promoted to opener in place of Nick Compton ahead of the Ashes: “It was a great knock.

“He was under pressure in that second innings. Obviously he’s had a bit of success at number five and it’s slightly different at the top of the order, but we all know what a great player he is.

“He’s still got a huge amount of work to do but he’s the right character at the top of the order and it was a fantastic knock.”

Cook hailed his side’s ability to scrap while under pressure after seeing them claim a 2-0 Ashes series lead over Australia.

Although England eventually won easily, they found themselves in serious trouble at the start of both of their innings after losing three quick wickets on each occasion.

However, centuries first by Ian Bell and then by Root, combined with useful contributions from down the order, saw England recover and ultimately bat Australia out of the game.

Cook said after seeing England snatch victory in the final over of the fourth day: “It was obviously a bit of hard work and we just about got there in the end.

“We’ve played some pretty good cricket over these two weeks. We’ve also had to scrap very hard in this game being 30 for three in both innings - people have had to stand up with the bat and deliver.

“Belly’s hundred in the first innings and Rooty’s in the second innings when they were under pressure at the start was fantastic.”