Ashes: Joe Root savours 'special' day at Lord's after unbeaten century for England

Last Updated: 21/07/13 7:01am

  • Share:
Joe Root: Could get the chance to reach a double century on Sunday

Joe Root: Could get the chance to reach a double century on Sunday

Sky Bet

Joe Root savoured a "special" day at the home of cricket after his unbeaten 178 helped England into an unassailable position on day three of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

The Yorkshire opener, moved up to open alongside Alastair Cook at the start of the series, rewarded the faith of the selectors by crafting a superb 178no as England, resuming the day on 31-3, reached stumps 333-5 for a massive lead of 566.

"Today was very special," admitted Root. "As a kid, playing in the Ashes is the pinnacle and to get a hundred at Lord's is a very nice feeling."

Root, who at 22 became the youngest England player to hit a Test century at Lord's, admitted he had been made to work hard for his early runs by Australia's seamers.

"Last night, they bowled exceptionally well and we knew going into today we were going to have to play some really good cricket and earn the right to score the runs later on in the day," he said.

"We knew if we had wickets in hand later in the day, they would be tired and we would get opportunities to score."

Root said he did not allow the joy of reaching three figures distract him, adding: "I knew how important it was to hammer it home and get as many runs as possible. I wanted to build a partnership with Belly (Ian Bell) so I just kept thinking about that.

"I just want to score runs, it doesn't really matter where you play - whether it's at the top or in the middle - I just want to contribute for the team."

  • Share:


Ashes 2013 - second Test

England celebrate Lord's victory over Australia

Media mauling

The Australian media has lambasted their struggling team following their Lord's hammering.

Joe Root: Scored a brilliant 180 in England's crushing win at Lord's

Gooch warning for hero Root

England's batting coach Graham Gooch says Lord's hero Joe Root still has plenty to prove.

Paul Collingwood (l): Knows what it takes to win an Ashes series

Colly: Hard for Aussies now

Paul Collingwood believes Australia face a long road back as they look to recover from a 2-0 Ashes series deficit.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Take the strain, Jos

Take the strain, Jos

Jos Buttler will be under huge mental and physical burdens as a Test keeper, says Nasser Hussain.

Summer stars

Summer stars

Who, aside from the big four, should shine during the North American swing? Barry Cowan assesses…

On Tight Lines...

On Tight Lines...

Fly fishing is on the agenda this week as angler Peter Cockwill joins us for an expert breakdown