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England vs New Zealand: Joe Root stars as hosts beat Black Caps by five wickets in first Test

London: Former England captain Joe Root scored an unbeaten century to give successor Ben Stokes a winning start to his reign with a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

Root stood down as England skipper in April after five years and a record 64 games in charge.

But he remains far and away the team’s best batsman, with his decisive hundred at the ‘Home of Cricket’ paving the way for just England’s second win in 18 Tests as they went 1-0 up in a three-match series against the reigning World Test champions.

England, set 277 to win, finished on 279 for five, with Root 115 not out – his first fourth-innings hundred at this level – after the hosts had slumped to 69 for four.

He received excellent support from wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (32 not out) in an unbroken stand of 120, with the pair denying New Zealand a breakthrough after England resumed Sunday on their overnight 216 for five.

Root became just the 14th batsman and only second from England to reach the landmark total of 10,000 career Test runs when he completed his 26th hundred at this level

Root was also the joint youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs, equalling retired England captain Alastair Cook’s record of 31 years 157 days.

The series continues at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge on Friday.

Brief scores

New Zealand 1st Innings 132 (M Potts 4-13, J Anderson 4-66)

England 1st Innings 141 (T Southee 4-55, T Boult 3-21)

New Zealand 2nd Innings 285 (D Mitchell 108, T Blundell 96; M Potts 3-55, S Broad 3-76)

England 2nd Innings 279-5 (J Root 115 no, B Stokes 54; K Jamieson 4-79)

Result: England won by five wickets

Series: England lead three-match series 1-0

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