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Highlights from day four of the first LV=Assurance Test that led England to victory over New Zealand as Joe Root’s Hundred

Highlights from day four of the first LV=Assurance Test that led England to victory over New Zealand as Joe Root’s Hundred

Twenty three.

That was the number of runs Joe Root needed to confirm the 26th hundred Test at Lord’s on Sunday – and the first of the fourth inning – and 10,000 career runs in a five-day format.

They came in duly, but for Root the number 61 was far more important, as it was the points England needed to secure their first Test victory in 10 tries and just one second in 18.

They came in as they should, finally Root properly there, unbeaten at 115 after reaching the game’s safe margin. The Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum era continues on a high note.

See the best of Root's 26th Test century as he completed 10,000 runs in the format and took England victory at Lord's

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See the best of Root’s 26th Test century as he completed 10,000 runs in the format and took England victory at Lord’s

See the best of Root’s 26th Test century as he completed 10,000 runs in the format and took England victory at Lord’s

As Root, the youngest player with 10,000 attempts, it was a morning of personal history as his former teammate Sir Alastair Cook achieved this feat at 31 years and 157 days. much sweeter feeling.

“People do a lot of the runs I throw,” Root said, referring to a golden period in his career where he swam 2,192 runs, with an average of 56 in 9 tons in the last 21 Tests. “But never when you lose Test matches it’s fine, you give up all those races to win.

“When you cheer for the rest of the group and you see the real joy and joy on their faces, I guess that’s what I missed the most over the past year and a little bit. ”

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Root always thinks of the team, always of the others, period.

Right after England’s Lord’s victory, he was keen to say what a fitting tribute the thrill test was to the ‘great guy and player’: ‘It was played in a way that Shane would love,’ said Root about a game 17 wickets on day one, which seemed entirely possible. It involved a two-day finish and great struggles from both sides.

He also expressed his satisfaction that England took the 15-over win on the fourth day (they did it at 13.5) so that the fans in the stadium were able to get a full refund.

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Root cut a smiling, jumping figure beside the Lord, now freed from the burden of captaincy.

This was an unpleasant burden as he was tasked with trying to keep his team sane during the Covid-19 pandemic, faced with the strict restrictions of balloon life.

He was often stripped of his best players due to rest and rotation and, in Stokes’ case, a finger injury and time away from the game prioritizing his mental health.

He also faced pressure from England to support his wobbly stick almost alone – evidenced by the fact that his 1,708 tries in 2021 was 1,178 more than his closest teammate Rory Burns. Root received almost 28% of the total UK trials in 2021.

“Captain and I had become a very unhealthy relationship,” Root said. “It was starting to take a toll on my health. I couldn’t leave it in place any longer. He was coming home.

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Root told Sky Sports that before leaving his post, England captaincy had an ‘unhealthy effect’ on him.

Root told Sky Sports that before leaving his post, England captaincy had an ‘unhealthy effect’ on him.

“It wasn’t fair to my family, loved ones or myself. When I made my decision [to step down] I knew it was the right thing to do. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from me. »

Regarding Root’s appointment, England’s new men’s cricket manager Rob Key said: “It has been incredible to learn a little about the last two years Joe has been doing.

“Playing for a team that is struggling and going through a pandemic, being the captain and doing a lot and getting the points he scored… is one of the greatest achievements in the sport.”

As for Root’s biggest innings, his win against New Zealand this week should go into his face.

Sure, there have been bigger hits, including five double centuries and the best of 254, but in terms of timing and importance, it’s right up there.

England were 32-2 when they hit breaking point in their 277 chase, then 69-4 after eight overs, but when they partnered with Stokes and Foakes they managed to combine freshness and class and led their team towards it. sky sports’ Nasser Hussain called it a “vital” victory.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes happy to start his tenure by beating New Zealand

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New England Test captain Ben Stokes happy to start his tenure by beating New Zealand

New England Test captain Ben Stokes happy to start his tenure by beating New Zealand

Despite all of his spectacular recent performances, Root was not the man to achieve difficult or unlikely victories.

He looked like the guy at Headingley in 2019, but was fired early on the last day by Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon, leaving Stokes for committing an Ashes heist.

Against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford in 2020, it was Chris Woakes, skilfully assisted by Jos Buttler, who took England from 117-5 to 277 on their winning goal. But with 277 following this year, it was Root time.

“Look at how many times Ben has won for us under my captaincy and this is a great opportunity for me to give him back on that. It’s a huge motivation for me to move forward.

I love hitting and I want to keep trying for as long as possible, score as many points as possible and help us win as many test matches as possible. As long as I have the energy and motivation, I will continue to do it.

“I love the group of players and I couldn’t have asked someone better to lead this team than Ben. I will do everything I can to help him win games and be a successful Test team.”

Joe Root – outstanding kicker and ultimate teamman.

Watch day one of the second LV=Insurance Test between the UK and New Zealand live at Trent Bridge on Sky Sports Cricket and the Sky Sports Main Event from 10am on Friday.