England vs South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa rattle England before Joe Root digs deep

As England ended the day at 357/5, it was primarily due to the contribution of a brilliant 184 by skipper-on-debut - Joe Root.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 7, 2017 12:34 am
Joe Root forged a crucial partnership of 167 with Moeen Ali. (Source: Reuters)

The Chorus of ‘Joe Root’ at the end of day’s play at Lords signified how the first day panned out for the Three Lions. At stumps, the England scorecard read 357/5 and the reason behind their strong position was a marvellous contribution of 184 by skipper Joe Root.

After winning the toss on his debut as a captain, Root elected to bat first. However, that decision proved to be costly at the start as England lost four wickets for just 76 runs. But from thereon it was Root who took the responsibility and saw off the threat from the Proteas bowlers. At the initial period, it was Vernon Philander who was the pick of the bowlers and did maximum damage by picking up three wickets. He was exceptional with this line and length and this induced the English batsmen into false shots. Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow all fell to his bowling. On the first day, Philander bowled an exceptional spell of sixteen overs where he gave away 46 runs and picked up three wickets.

But once Root and Stokes saw him off, the duo slowly forged a partnership to steady the innings. The other bowlers – Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada were negated safely. Stokes also brought up his half-century while Root kept the scoreboard ticking. Stokes though was dismissed for a well-made 56 by Rabada who found his only success of the day. Next man in Moeen Ali played himself in and did not let another wicket fall. Joe Root kept going from strength to strength and finally brought up his twelfth hundred in Test match cricket. The duo continued to play proper cricketing shots and did not let the pressure build. Root did survive a scare when he was on 149 when he was stumped but reviews showed it was a no-ball.

Next man in Moeen Ali played himself in and did not let another wicket fall. Joe Root kept going from strength to strength and finally brought up his twelfth hundred in Test match cricket. The duo continued to play proper cricketing shots and did not let the pressure build. Root did survive a scare when he was on 149 when he was stumped but reviews showed it was a no-ball.

Finally, at the end of day’s play Root and Ali were unbeaten on 184 and 61 respectively. The Proteas bowlers, despite having a good start failed to continue the momentum. Meanwhile, among the highest scores on debut as a captain, Root is currently in the fourth spot.

Squad

England Squad:

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

South Africa Squad:

Heino Kuhn, Dean Elgar (c), Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

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