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Joe Root marathon knock of 184 revives England hopes

Joe Root reacts at the end of the first day's play
Joe Root reacts at the end of the first day's play

England 357-5 (Root 184no) v South Africa
First Test, Lord's, day one

Joe Root had a memorable debut to his captaincy as he amassed an unbeaten 184 run knock to help England post 357 for five at stumps on day one of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's.

England won the toss and decided to bat first with Gary Ballance slotted at three and Liam Dawson being the second spinner in the side. South Africa on the other hand included Heino Kuhn in their line-up while there was also recall for Theunis de Bruyn.

Vernon Philander (3-46) made the new ball count with the wickets of Alastair Cook (3) and Keaton Jennings (8) in the fourth and sixth over respectively as England were reeling at 17 for two. Jennings was trapped LBW by Philander but replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg.

Gary Ballance (20) looked solid during his 48-ball stay, adding 32 runs with Root (184 not out) before the former was out LBW by Morne Morkel (1-64), even a review could not save the Yorkshire batsman.

Root had a reprieve when he was put down by JP Duminy in the 17th over and at the stroke of lunch, Philander returned back to trap Jonny Bairstow (10) LBW. England ended the first session with score reading 82 for four.

Root and Ben Stokes (56) counterattacked the South African attack in the second session with the boundaries coming freely and the 50-run stand between the duo came off 84 deliveries.

The England captain brought his fifty off 89 deliveries in the 39th over which also saw him survive a review for a catch in the slips. Stokes dropped his guard a bit and eventually reached his half century in the final over before tea as England added 100 runs in the second session without losing a wicket.

Kagiso Rabada (1-94) provided the breakthrough for South Africa when he had Stokes caught behind in the third over of the final session but Root crossed his century in the 60th over. He also became the sixth England captain to score a ton on a captaincy debut.

The runs came thick and fast in the final session with Root and Moeen Ali (61 not out) adding an unbeaten 167 run stand to take the hosts to 357 for five in the 87 overs of play possible on day one. Root's knock of 184 came at a strike rate of 81 and had 26 boundaries and a six in it.

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