“Best in Test” – Twitter erupts as Joe Root smashes an unbeaten century to win the Lord’s Test for England

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What a player Joe Root is! He is certainly a modern-day legend. While he could not thrive in the ODI and T20I arena much, he is miles ahead of his counterparts in Test cricket. On Sunday, the former English skipper added another feather to his cap by becoming only 2nd Englishman to complete 10000 runs in the red-ball cricket after Sir Alastair Cook.

Courtesy of Joe Root’s unbeaten Century, England managed to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in the Lord’s test to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. It was a game filled with more twists and turns than your average thriller movie. On day one, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the veteran James Anderson alongside the debutant Matty Potts created havoc and dismissed the Kiwis for 132 in the first innings.

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In reply, the old memories came to haunt back England as the batting failed to deliver and New Zealand mounted a surreal comeback by bundling out England just for 141. After conceding a lead of nine runs, the Kiwis batted beautifully in the 2nd innings. At one time, they were looking to post a massive total courtesy of a solid partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell, but Stuart Broad brought the hosts back in style with two wickets in one over. From there, New Zealand collapsed and they posted a fighting total of 277 runs to win the game.

Joe Root scores the 26th Test hundred of his career to gift Ben Stokes a win on his Test Captaincy debut

Chasing the total, England were in a spot of bother as the visitors reduced them to 69/4 at one point. However, Joe Root was as determined as ever as the right-handed batter first added vital runs with Ben Stokes for the 5th wicket and then stitched an unbeaten partnership alongside Ben Foakes to win the Lord’s Test.

In the process, Joe Root completed the 26th Test century of his career and also crossed the massive milestone of 10000 Test runs in his career.

Once the game was over, Twitterati hailed the former English skipper the best in the world at the moment.

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