Former captain Joe Root’s 115 not out helped England to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they beat New Zealand by five wickets at the historic Lord’s. England captain Ben Stokes has heaped praise on former captain Joe Root, who scored the 26th century of his Test career in this match.
Ben Stokes said after winning the match, “Root was brilliant, what a player, what a man, scored a century and 10,000 runs in the fourth innings.”
England had got a target of 277 runs to win the match. England had scored 216 runs on the third day for the loss of five wickets at stumps. They need 61 runs to win the match while New Zealand needed five wickets.
Root and Ben Fox did not give any chance to the Kiwi team and England won the match by scoring 279 runs for five wickets. Root, playing ahead of 77 runs, returned unbeaten to the pavilion after scoring 115 runs in 170 balls with the help of 12 fours. Playing ahead of nine runs, Ben Fox remained unbeaten on 32 runs in 92 balls with the help of three fours.
England lost their fifth wicket at 159 but since then Root and Fox put on an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 120 runs in 28.5 overs to give the team a memorable victory. Root hit the winning boundary off Tim Southee. No New Zealand bowler could drop any England wicket on the fourth day.