ENG vs NZ 1st Test: Joe Root Slams 26th Century To Take Hosts To 5-wicket Victory Over New Zealand

London: England beat New Zealand by 5 wickets at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London by talismanic batsman Joe Root. With Ben Fox (32 not out) leading from the other end, Root helped England bring down the remaining 61 and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Also Read – ENG vs NZ 1st Test Highlights, Day 4 Scorecard: Root Stars Beat England New Zealand by 5 Wickets

The win marked the start of the Ben Stokes-Brendon McCullum era victory for England as captain and head coach in Test cricket. Root completed his 26th Test century and crossed the milestone of 10,000 Test runs by flicking a leg side for Brace against Tim Southee, becoming only the 14th cricketer and second Englishman to achieve a landmark after Sir Alastair Cook. Also Read – ENG vs NZ: Stuart Broad Reveals England’s Strategy To Chase New Zealand

At 31 years, five months and five days, Root Cook has reached the milestone of 10,000 Test runs at the same age – making the English pair the youngest to reach the milestone. Other batsmen who have reached this milestone include Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene, Alan Border, Steve Waugh, Sunil Gavaskar and Younis Khan. Also Read – ENG vs NZ: Michael Vaughan praised the England cricket team, never sure what will happen but the team is worth watching

“I am very happy to witness here – the incredible knock of the incredible player. He is the most complete England batsman of all genres. It is absolutely crazy to be the same age. Route 10,000 said after entering the club, especially when England were 69/4 at 277 Chase.

Restarted from 216/5 in a cloudy atmosphere and required 61 runs with five wickets in hand, England quickly avoided any dismissals as Root and Fox settled in quickly. As the Foxes were running through the boundaries, Root, restarted by 77, entered the 90s in the wake of a good run between wickets and a crisp straight drive.

Root brought his century to 156 balls, clapping fans, home and outside dressing rooms. Root hit Southee for three boundaries, the last being England’s greatest win after watching the first three days, including a sharp pull from mid-wicket.

Root paused for the second new ball of New Zealand’s crafty bowling attack. The former England skipper left the grounds for cheerful applause from the audience as he returned to the dressing room on a memorable day.

Short Scores: England defeated New Zealand by 132 and 91.3 overs in 40 overs.

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