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England on top as Root makes 184* on debut as captain

Jul 06, 2017 | Kaushal Adhikari |

As captain Joe Root played not out 184 innings in his debut match captain England managed to make 357 runs after the first day's play in spite of bad start in the first test match against South Africa at Lord's cricket ground on Thursday.

England lost four wickets in 22.3 runs, making just 76 runs after captain Root won the toss and elected to bat first.

England lost former captain Alastair Cook (four), Keaton Jennings (eight), Gary Ballance (20) and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (10) within 22 overs, but Root and Ben Strokes, who made 56 runs added 114 runs for the 5th wicket to lift their team.

Root, who played 227 balls with 26 fours and one six also added 161 runs with all-rounder Moeen Ali for sixth wicket who is not out on 61 runs from 105 balls after the end of day one play.

Out of 87 overs bowled by South African bowler on day one Vernon Philander, who was fit to play just before this test match after passing a fitness test for his ankle injury took three wickets in his 16 overs conceding 46 runs.  

Apart from Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada took one wicket each. 


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