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Joe Root passes 10,000 Test runs as his match-winning 115 not out puts England 1-0 up in three-Test series against New Zealand with two to play – watch day one of second Test from 10am, Friday, Sky Sports Cricket

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Highlights from day four of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s

Highlights from day four of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s

Joe Root scored a masterful 26th century and passed 10,000 Test runs as he steered England to a five-wicket victory over New Zealand on day four of the LV= Insurance series opener at Lord’s.

England summarized needing 61 runs with five wickets in hand to complete a chase of 277 having recovered from 69-4 the previous afternoon thanks mainly to former captain Root (115th) and new skipper Ben Stokes (54th).

Root, who began the day on 77, extended his sixth-wicket stand with Ben Foakes (32nd) to an unbroken 120 as England secured a first Test victory in 10 attempts and ensured the Stokes and Brendon McCullum were got off to a victorious start.

Ben Foakes (left) and Root (right) shared a century partnership as England ended a long wait for a Test win

Ben Foakes (left) and Root (right) shared a century partnership as England ended a long wait for a Test win

New Zealand would have been buoyed by the damp and overcast conditions around Lord’s, as well as the length of England’s tail and the fact they could call on the second new ball in 15 overs if required.

But Root – whose 157-ball ton was his first in the fourth innings of a Test – and Foakes shone under leaden skies, meaning Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Matt Parkinson were not needed with the bat and that the game was wrapped up seven deliveries before the new ball became available.

Root pumped Tim Southee over midwicket for four to complete victory for England, who can now wrap up a first Test series win since January 2021 if they triumph at Trent Bridge from Friday.

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Root reached three figures and became the 14th man, and joint-youngest, to reach 10,000 Test runs when he scored his 23rd run of the morning.

The Yorkshireman achieved the latter landmark at exactly the same age as Sir Alastair Cook (31 years, 157 days) – the only other Englishman with more than 10,000 Test runs – when he tucked Southee into the leg-side for two.

England triumph in dramatic first Test

Sunday’s serene conclusion was in stark contrast to much of the rest of the Test, which was a frantic, see-saw affair with England well on top at stages but looking poised for another morale-sapping defeat at others.

Stokes’ side rolled New Zealand for just 132 on day one – debutant Potts and the recalled Anderson sharing eight wickets – but then capitulated from 59-0 to 141 all out in reply as their longstanding batting problems were in evidence yet again.

Matthew Potts took seven wickets on his England Test debut

Matthew Potts took seven wickets on his England Test debut

Potts, Anderson and Broad then reduced New Zealand to 56-4 in their second innings, at which point the Black Caps’ lead was a paltry 47 and a two-day finish, not seen at Lord’s since 1888, seemed plausible.

Daryl Mitchell (108 from 203 balls) and Tom Blundell (96 from 198) rescued New Zealand with a fifth-wicket partnership of 195 as the tourists’ advantage swelled to 242 – only for England to then launch a superb riposte with the ball on Saturday morning, taking six wickets for 34 runs.

England’s top-order frailties were in full view again as they slumped to 69-4 in the run chase but a fifth-wicket alliance of 90 between Root and Stokes steadied the home side – Stokes reprieved by a Colin de Grandhomme no-ball after chopping onto his stumps when he had just one run to his name.

Ben Foakes (left) and Root (right) shared a century partnership as England ended a long wait for a Test win

Ben Foakes (left) and Root (right) shared a century partnership as England ended a long wait for a Test win

Root found a fine ally in Foakes, though, with the latter striking a batch of boundaries early on day four after resuming unbeaten on nine.

The final day was about Root, however, who became just the third man to hit an unbeaten hundred in the fourth innings of a Lord’s Test, after Gordon Greenidge for West Indies against England in 1984 and Nasser Hussain for England versus New Zealand in 2004.

Joe Root clinched his 26th Test hundred and 10,000 Test runs as England beat New Zealand in the first Test

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Joe Root clinched his 26th Test hundred and 10,000 Test runs as England beat New Zealand in the first Test

Joe Root clinched his 26th Test hundred and 10,000 Test runs as England beat New Zealand in the first Test

Hussain: Vital England started new era with win

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain: It was brilliant, right from the first ball to the scenes at the end. There was no drama on Sunday – but there was one individual that the country and English cricket fans wanted to stand to and that was Root.

“They love him and it was such a joyous moment for him to get to 10,000 Test runs and get England over the line.

“It is a change in era for English cricket and it was absolutely vital they started with a win. You can imagine the confidence in that dressing room now.

“All the young lads will be hanging on every word from McCullum and Stokes and want to improve. It’s only a start and they can’t get giddy about it but it’s the start England needed.”

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




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