Joe Root took his first major step yesterday along the road to what many feel will be the eventual England captaincy when leading England Lions but he maintained he’s still the same lad from Sheffield.
He missed out on captaining the Lions in Australia last winter because he was called up for Test duty but was always earmarked for this game at Leicester’s Grace Road against the New Zealand tourists.
“I am still the same bloke I was six months ago really, just six months older with a bit more experience under my belt,” he said. “I will always try to stay the same bloke.”
He won the toss and put New Zealand in on a green pitch in cloudy conditions and it paid off when Graham Onions trapped Peter Fulton for seven in the eighth over.
Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Kane Williamson but opener Hamish Rutherford was in sparkling form and reached a fine century in just 110 balls.
He added 127 with Ross Taylor, 35, who was lbw to Roland-Jones before rain came at 184-3, Rutherford finished on 116 not out.