Otago Daily Times

Root keeps England afloat

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GALLE: Captain Joe Root scored his second century in succession to keep England afloat on a difficult, turning wicket as it reached 181 for four in its first innings at lunch on day three of the second and final test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The tourists still trail the home side by exactly 200 runs but the imperious Root was well set on 105, alongside Jos Buttler (30 not out) in what has been a trial by spin on a turning pitch.

Root followed up his 228 in the first match with a 19th test century, the first time he has reached three figures in consecutiv­e tests in his career.

His innings was built around the impressive use of the sweep shot, which he has waged to take the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers.

England had resumed the day on 98 for two. Root failed to score a test century in 2020, the first time in his career he went a calendar year without a ton, and his return to form will be welcome as England head into four tests in India after this series. — Reuters

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