Root leads by ex­am­ple with su­perb cen­tury

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

JOE Root led by ex­am­ple as Eng­land’s front­line bats­men all fin­ished their Test warm-up pro­gramme with heart­en­ing runs in the bank be­fore next week’s first Test.

Cap­tain Root ap­pro­pri­ately tops the charts af­ter drop­ping him­self down to num­ber six but duly adding 115 on the fi­nal day of the sec­ond tour match against a New Zealand XI at Sed­don Park to his un­beaten half-cen­tury against the pink ball in the first.

Bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble, by con­trast, is in­cum­bent Test num­ber three James Vince — whose de­par­ture for five, lbw on the back foot to Lo­gan van Beek, took his ag­gre­gate to 50 runs in three at­tempts in this week’s back-to-back fix­tures.

Eng­land closed on 353 for nine on their sec­ond des­ig­nated bat­ting day, Root hav­ing hit 17 fours in his 135-ball cen­tury

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