England vs South Africa 1st Test: Joe Root’s 190 4th highest on captaincy debut

England captain Joe Root fell for 190 before a sparkling fifty from Stuart Broad lifted England to 458 all out on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s on Friday

cricket Updated: Jul 07, 2017 18:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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England’s captain Joe Root leaves the field after losing his wicket for 190 runs on the second day of the first Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's on Friday.(AFP)

Joe Root became the sixth England skipper to score a hundred on captaincy debut in Tests. Root scored 190 in the first Test match against South Africa at Lord’s on Friday. England scored 458 in their first innings after Stuart Broad made a late charge with a sparkling fifty. (ENG vs SA LIVE SCORES)

Joe Root, resuming on 184 in his first match as skipper, nibbled at a delivery from Morne Morkel and nicked a catch to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock but the 26-year-old right-hander received a standing ovation as he walked back to the pavilion.

It was fourth highest score by a captain on debut in Tests after New Zealand Graham Dowling’s 239 against India at Christchurch in 1967-68, West Indian by Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 203 against South Africa at Georgetown in 2004-05 and Australian Clem Hill’s 191 against South Africa at Sydney in 1910-11.

Joe Root also completed 1,000 runs at Lord’s during his 190-run knock. By reaching this milestone in 17 innings, Root is the fastest to the landmark among the nine batsmen who have made 1000-plus runs at this historic ground.

The previous fastest was England’s Andrew Strauss’ 19 innings. In these 17 innings of seven matches, Joe Root averages 65.31, and each of his three hundreds here have been 175-plus scores.

South Africa’s Morne Morkel (R) celebrates taking the wicket of England's Liam Dawson on the second day of the first Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's on Friday. (AFP)


After Root’s exit, Morkel trapped Liam Dawson lbw for nought two balls later, bringing Broad to the crease and the fast bowler immediately went on the attack in a rapid partnership of 46 with Moeen Ali.

Moeen Ali was bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 87 and Mark Wood lasted two balls before he was lbw to the right-arm fast bowler.

Broad was joined by James Anderson and the pair entertained the crowd royally with a stroke-laden partnership of 45, Broad clubbing two sixes and Anderson one before the latter was caught by De Kock off Morkel for 12.

Broad was left unbeaten on 57 off 47 balls, including eight fours. Morkel was the pick of the South Africa bowlers with figures of 4-115.

(With inputs from S. Pervez Qaiser, Reuters)

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 18:22 IST