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Joe Root Slams Ton on Captaincy Debut, 7th Englishman to do so

England skipper Joe Root has added a new milestone in his already illustrious cap as he slammed a century on his captaincy debut to help the hosts recover in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday.

Cricketnext Staff |July 6, 2017, 9:56 PM IST
Joe Root Slams Ton on Captaincy Debut, 7th Englishman to do so

New Delhi: England skipper Joe Root has added a new milestone in his already illustrious cap as he slammed a century on his captaincy debut to help the hosts recover in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday.

Root came to bat when the Proteas bowlers were breathing fire and England were reeling at 17/2 early on in the innings. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings had been dismissed while Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow soon followed suit as England's score read 76/4 at one point.

That is when Joe Root and Ben Stokes stitched a much needed partnership and slammed their respective half-centuries to take the hosts out of trouble. However, Stokes fell for 56 but Root kept on going and notched up his 12th century in the longest format of the game.

By doing so, Root became only the seventh Englishman ever to score century on captaincy debut. The others are - William Murdoch, Archibald MacLaren, Allan Lamb, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook. While he is the 30th player overall to achieve this feat in Test cricket.

It wasn't a chance-less innings by any means as Root could have been dismissed twice before reaching the milestone. But he made the most of these errors by the visitors and nothced up his well deserved century.

The last player to do so was Australia skipper Steven Smith, who slammed century on his captaincy debut against India at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in the 2014 series. While in the same series, Virat Kohli too slammed a century on captaincy debut at the Adelaide Cricket Ground in the previous match.

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