VIDEO: Sheffield star Joe Root is keen to carry on attacking

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Joe Root exemplified England’s commitment to attacking Test cricket on day one of the Ashes - and intends to continue the way he has started this summer.

Root responded to England’s spot of bother at 43 for three in Cardiff by racing to the fastest century ever hit on day one of any Ashes series, from just 118 balls.

Thanks principally to his 134, and stands of 153 with Gary Ballance (61) and 84 alongside Ben Stokes (52), England reached stumps on 343 for seven after Alastair Cook had chosen to bat first.

It was counter-attack all the way, even though a scoreless Root had a chastening escape second ball when wicketkeeper Brad Haddin dropped a diving chance away to his right off Mitchell Starc.

That, he explained afterwards, is the way England will continue to play following their midwinter rethink.

They tested it in a drawn series against New Zealand at the start of this summer, and will carry on as they try to win back the urn they lost 5-0 down under in 2013/14.

England batsman Joe Root celebrates his 100 not out against Australia during the First Investec Ashes Test at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.

England batsman Joe Root celebrates his 100 not out against Australia during the First Investec Ashes Test at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.

“It’s something we’ve been trying to work on since the start of the summer,” said Root.

“It’s an approach we took against New Zealand, and it worked out really nicely.

“Everyone is going to take that approach. You saw it from Lythy [Adam Lyth] at Headingley, and Stokesy who did it again here.

“I’m sure you’ll see it throughout our whole batting line-up.”

There will be days when the gung-ho mentality backfires, Root concedes - but England will not be changing their ways again for a while.

“It could have gone completely the other way, and I could have got out second ball ... then you look a little bit silly,” he said.

“There will be times when it doesn’t quite come off, and you look slightly stupid and play what looks like a horrendous shot and get out.

“But those are the sort of risks we’re taking by playing this attacking cricket.

“We want to continue to do that and really put sides under pressure whenever we can.”

It paid off for Root on this occasion, and he was able to reflect with some satisfaction on his wonderful run of form since being recalled to the England team after being dropped for the final Test of that whitewash two winters ago.

The Yorkshireman averages more than 85 in 13 subsequent Tests, and he said: “It’s been really massive, really important to me.

“[Being dropped] is a feeling I don’t want to ever go through again.

“In this sport, you have to deal with hard times and show a lot of self-belief and self-confidence to overcome those.”

Josh Hazlewood was one of two Australia bowlers to take three wickets, but admitted Root gained the day.

He said: “The way he batted was pretty special.

“We’ll have to come back with a plan, or a couple of plans, to be able to nullify him over the rest of the series.”