Root’s 178 Runs Put England 566 Ahead in 2nd Ashes Cricket Test

Joe Root’s 178 runs put England 566 ahead of Australia at the end of the third day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Root was unbeaten along with Jonny Bairstow, on 11, at the end of the day after combining with Ian Bell for 153 runs. England is 333-5 after starting the day on 31-3. The home team bowled out the visitors for 128 yesterday at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Yesterday afternoon, Peter Siddle took 3-4 to give Australia hope. He bowled England captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, while Kevin Pietersen was caught by Chris Rogers to reduce England to 31-3.

Root’s edged shot was missed yesterday when he was on 8, and today was his day. The opening batsman went on to combine with Tim Bresnan for 99. Root, 22, is the youngest player to score a century in an Ashes match at Lord’s.

“We knew going into today we’d have to play really well and scrap a bit and then score runs late in the day,” Root said in a televised interview.

Australia’s bowlers struggled throughout the England’s innings, using six different players in an attempt to get a break-through. The visitors looked to have caught Bell on 3 but the video review umpire didn’t agree and he remained in to gain more runs.

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