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Joe Root thrilled with 'special' maiden Test century on home ground

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Joe Root admits scoring his maiden Test century on his home ground of Headingley was "special."

Root (104) and fellow-Yorkshire star Jonny Bairstow (64) rescued England with a brilliant stand of 124 as the hosts closed the second day of the second Test on 337-7.

"The best way to get to three figures is nicking it through the slips. I really enjoyed it, it was a fantastic moment."

Joe Root

Root scored his century off 156 balls after walking out to cries of "Yorkshire" from Headingley's massed ranks.

"You get that when you come here. It's almost like coming and playing in a different country. It was very special and I enjoyed every minute of it," he told Sky Sports.

"It's pretty special. I just enjoy playing my cricket and getting to play here for England is pretty special."

Root celebrated passing his century with a fist pump before being congratulated by Bairstow.

"The best way to get to three figures is nicking it through the slips. I really enjoyed it, it was a fantastic moment," he said. "It's a great atmosphere here, I really enjoyed it and just got lost in the moment. I will always remember it."

Praise

Root also found time to praise his county colleague Bairstow, adding: "He played fantastically well, it was a great knock."

He was dismissed for 104 when he became one of Trent Boult's three victims with the new ball and he was furious with himself not to build on his score.

"It was disappointing to get out when I did. I thought they played really well tonight but hopefully we can carry on tomorrow morning," he said.

"It was a terrible shot and it was the first ball of the new ball. It almost left them a chance to get back in the game.

"In cricket you don't want to give them a sniff and I'm obviously disappointed that I did that. I play to win and try to contribute as much as I can towards the team."