England v New Zealand: Joe Root hundred stamp win at Lord’s

First LV = proof of insurance, Lord (day four)
New Zealand 132 (Potts 4-13, Anderson 4-66) &285 (Mitchell 108, Blundell 96)
England 141 (South 4-55) & 279-5 (Root 115*, Stokes 54; Jamieson 4-59)
England won by five wickets; lead the series 1-0
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Joe Root’s masterful century took England to a five-wicket victory in the first test against New Zealand on the fourth morning at Lord’s.

Root, who finished with 115 no outs, also became only the second England batsman after Sir Alastair Cook to reach 10,000 Test runs.

From 216-5 overnight, 61 short of their target of 277, the home team was led to victory by Root’s unbeaten sixth wicket position of 120 with Ben Foakes, who made 32 without going out.

Despite the challenge of grim conditions, the England pair were confident throughout, taking the strain out of what could have been a harrowing morning.

As Root took out Tim Southee for the winning limit, he completed a remarkable 69-4 turnaround on the third afternoon and finally handed England a Test win after just one in their previous 17 matches.

The success also gave new captain Ben Stokes and manager Brendon McCullum a winning start.

For New Zealand, the Test world champions, a seven-game unbeaten run against England has come to an end.

The second match of the three test series begins at Trent Bridge on Friday.

The boy in the story, Root, wins it for England

Even as England collapsed in the final months of his captaincy, Root became the world’s leading Test batsman.

Here, in his first Test since relinquishing leadership, he gave another demonstration of his kind and reaffirmed his importance to this England team.

On a cloudy morning, with the lights on, Root resumed the 77 and continued to hit with the urgency he showed Saturday night.

He was fortunate to get past his inside stumps on more than one occasion, but when he cut Southee mid-wicket to reach triple figures, he also became the fourteenth man in Test history to achieve the milestone of the 10,000 runs.

At 31 years and 157 days, he equals Cook’s record as the youngest man to reach the milestone, and is also the first to do so less than 10 years after his debut – this is his 118th test since he first played. against India in 2012. .

Surprisingly, given his career accomplishments, these were also Root’s first hundred in the fourth inning of a Test.

He received excellent support from Foakes, who made his most revealing contribution with the bat since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2018.

The wicketkeeper scored more freely than on night three, capitalizing on an attack by New Zealand who struggled to use the general conditions to their advantage.

New Zealand may have hoped for a boost from the new second ball, available 15 overs on the day, but England made such rapid progress that it never came.

And, when Root hit three limits in a Southee, he completed the third-highest pursuit to win a trial on this famous course.

The ex-captain departed to the applause of the crowd, wiping tears from his eyes as England’s magnificent winning goal.

England prevails in Lord’s thriller

This victory should be a huge morale boost for England, not just because of the winning start to the Stokes-McCullum era, or their dismal recent form, but because of the way the hosts fought back after it seemed certain they would be beaten.

New Zealand started the third day with 227 runs to go, only for England to take the last six second-innings wickets from the tourists for 34 runs. As England suffered another top-flight collapse, they were in danger of falling to heavy defeat before Root, Stokes and Foakes scored a memorable victory.

In truth, the new management will have learned little this week. England bowling is dangerous when the ball moves and often useless when it doesn’t, with batting heavily reliant on Root and Stokes. At least one big improvement occurred in the England countryside.

The challenge for Stokes and McCullum is to take advantage of this, either to improve players who are struggling at this level or to identify some who are more likely to succeed.

As for New Zealand, it is typical of their fighting qualities that they ran so close to England. They are a team in transition after some key retirements, they had little preparation for this game and at one point on day one they were 45-7, but they still almost won.

In fact, given their position at various points on Saturday, the Black Caps will feel like they should have won. If Colin de Grandhomme hadn’t gone overboard when he bowled with Stokes when he only had one, they probably would have. Stokes went on to make a crucial 54.

The tourists are likely to be better off when they arrive in Nottingham, which means England will need to improve further to win this series.

England have added Matt Parkinson, who made his Test debut at Lord’s as a concussion stand-in for Jack Leach, to his team for the second Task.

Slow left-back Leach remains in the squad but it is doubtful he will be fit in time as he is undergoing a “gradual return to play” after suffering concussion symptoms in a fall on day one.

‘Glad to do it for Ben’ – reaction

England captain Ben Stokes, speaking to BBC Sport: “Playing at Lord’s is special, but coming out victorious after the way it ebbed and flowed was brilliant.

“Mr. Reliable Joe Root was amazing. I’m so happy for him. And having Broad and Anderson back was a huge boost. They’re such an inspiration. Seeing them running around with their knees up cheering on the crowd was special.”

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in Test Match Special: “We were hoping to get an early break but it didn’t. Root is hard to write off, he played exceptionally well. We had chances. It wasn’t meant to be.”

England batsman Joe Root, on TMS: “It’s a nice feeling. It was a great game and for this game to be in memory of Shane Warne with such aggressive cricket fits in a lot of ways.”

“I feel great. It means a lot to the group and it was good to do it for Ben. He’s done it for me so many times over the years that it was good to give it back to him today.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, on TMS: “It’s amazing what a win can do for the group.

“Imagine if England had lost, there would be a lot of pressure in Nottingham for those young players.

“Hopefully this will give the younger players a boost. A lot of them didn’t know what it’s like to win a test match for England.”

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