Man of the day
Joe Root stole the show on day three at Lord's as he registered a marvellous unbeaten century.
Last Updated: 20/07/13 7:08pm
Having managed only 41 runs in his three previous innings there were one or two murmurings about the Yorkshire youngster's promotion to the top of the England batting order for this series.
Indeed, with Nick Compton having been unceremoniously dumped to make way for the 22-year-old despite a couple of centuries of his own, Root was under some pressure to justify the selectors' faith.
But such is the 22-year-old's demeanour and undoubted ability there was always the feeling that it was solely a question of when rather than if he came good and so it proved as he obliterated a forlorn-looking Australian attack on Saturday to finish on 178 not out.
Having enjoyed a spot of fortune when he edged through slips when just eight on Friday evening, Root cashed in remorselessly with an innings that combined grit, flair and acceleration in impressive fashion.
His runs came all around the wicket, off back foot and front and included 18 boundaries and two maximums - both coming in the penultimate over of the day as he took a dispirited Steve Smith to the cleaners.
Some players appear to be made for Test cricket and Root is one such example. England's belief in the Yorkshire youngster appears to be total and with his display on Saturday the precociously-talented right-hander looks to have sewn up his opening spot for many years to come.