Day 1 - Summary
Joe Root marked his first innings as England captain with a superb 184 not out against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday.
England were 357 for five at stumps, having collapsed to 76 for four before lunch on the first day of the opening Test of a four-match series.
But Root's 12th hundred in 54 Tests and third at Lord's justified his decision to bat first after winning the toss in what was England's first match at this level since he was appointed following Alastair Cook's resignation as skipper in February.
New vice-captain Ben Stokes made 56 and helped turn the tide in a fifth-wicket stand of 114.
Moeen Ali's 61 not out cemented the recovery as he added an unbroken 167 with Root.
Concerns had been expressed that captaincy would reduce Root's effectiveness as a batsman.
But, on this evidence, Root appears destined to follow the other members of world batting's 'big four' -- India's Virat Kohli, Australia's Steve Smith and New Zealand's Kane Williamson -- all of whose Test averages as captain of their respective countries have far outstripped their equivalent figure in 'the ranks'.
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