ENG vs NZ: Twitter Reacts As Joe Root Smashes 4th Innings Century At Lord's; Helps England Start New Era With 5-Wicket Win
ENG vs NZ: Twitter Reacts As Joe Root Smashes 4th Innings Century At Lord's; Helps England Start New Era With 5-Wicket Win

England Test batter Joe Root’s imperious form knows no bounds as the 31-year-old smashed his 26th career century to take his side to a 5-wicket over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s.

Root, batting overnight on 77, needed to stay till the end to ensure that England doesn’t suffer a typical collapse. In the company of Ben Foakes, he managed to do exactly so and he did it in style.

The old ball wasn’t doing much on the surface and Root ensured that the home side reached the target on Day 4 before the Kiwis grabbed hold of the new ball.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Credits: Twitter

Root reached his century in the most assured manner with a convincing flick through midwicket to cross the 10,000 run mark as well – only the second Englishman to do so after Alastair Cook.

The victory also marks a great beginning of the new era under the duo of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. It was their first game in charge having been appointed the full-time captain and head coach respectively.

Earlier, New Zealand had been bowled out for 132 in their first innings with Matt Potts and James Anderson taking four wickets each. After a good opening stand in response, England collapsed and could only muster 141 on the board – a 9-run lead.

Joe Root
Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand was then in trouble having slipped to 56/4 but Daryl Mitchell (108) and Tom Blundell (96) stitched an incredible partnership to help set a target of 277 but it wasn’t enough with the form Root was in.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Joe Root’s incredible century:

 

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