Root Century at St. Georges gives England command on St. Georges Day
JOE ROOT HIT HIS FIRST OVERSEAS TON AS THE TOURISTS POST 373-6, LEADING THE WEST INDIES BY 74 RUNS AT CLOSE ON DAY THREE.
The Yorkshireman’s sixth test century was sealed off 125 balls, and proved crucial as England seized the initiative in Grenada.
The day started brightly for the visitors as Jonathon Trott recorded his first half-century since his comeback.
The South-African born batsman has now passed 15,000 first class runs, and also played his part in an important stand of 125 runs with captain Alistair Cook, the first for any opening English duo since 2013.
Trott was caught-out for 59 runs, but after Cook and Bell both chopped on to their own stumps in quick succession, momentum was starting to swing the way of the West Indians with the score at 164-3.
This short surge did not last for long though, as Gary Balance and Joe Root put on an impressive stand of 100 runs to give the impetus back to the visitors at 264-3.
The partnership was eventually broken for 165 runs after Balance was bowled for 77, but Root powered on to reach his sixth test ton off just 125 balls.
England lost two further wickets, but Root remained resilient as the tourists ended the day firmly on the front-foot with 373-6.
The 24 year-old centurion closed on 118 runs, and hopes he can continue where he left-off as he nears 150.
He said: “The more I make over 100 the better, it will help us to win things. I feel good, my movements are good and you have to cash in because blips happen in a career."
Root will resume on day four with Jos Butler at the crease.
By Matthew Tilbury, image credits to the ECB.