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Root's best hundreds

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Joe Root broke new ground as he posted a career-best 254 on day two of the second Test against Pakistan, at Old Trafford. 

Here are a few of his other memorable England firsts…

First Hundred

104 v New Zealand, second Test, Headingley, 2012 - 167 balls, nine fours, strike-rate 62.27

Where else would the Sheffield-born lad deliver his maiden ton? After registering 73 in his very first Test innings, against India at Nagpur, it was only a matter of time before Root reached three figures on the toughest stage - and he duly did so in his sixth Test.

Needless to say Headingley was rocking as the 22-year-old became the first Yorkshireman to notch his maiden Test ton on his home ground and with Jonny Bairstow bedding in at the other end, it could scarcely have been scripted better - the pair adding 124 for the fifth wicket after England found themselves in a modicum of trouble at 146-4. As it was, a first innings total turned out to plenty as New Zealand folded to 174 and 220 all out as Graeme Swann returned 10-132 in the match. So began England's run of never having lost a Test in which Root has reached three figures.

First Ashes Hundred

180 v Australia, second Test, Lord's, 2013 - 338 balls, 18 fours, two sixes, strike-rate 53.25

Who says Root can't open? After falling lbw to Ryan Harris for six in the first innings, Root made swift amends with a meticulous marathon that knocked the stuffing out of the Aussies. Not that it was chanceless - and Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke had plenty of time to reflect on an edge that flashed between them when Root had just eight to his name.

Thereafter, Root was the epitome of patience as he reached three figures off 247 balls and not long after received a drink from his brother Billy, on the MCC groundstaff. It was a favour Joe would return in 2015 when he took a break during the Ashes to act as 12th man for his sibling's team. Receiving the man-of-the-match award was a formality after Root claimed the wickets of Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke, the only Australian batsmen to reach fifty - and not much further - in the match.

First double century

200no v Sri Lanka, first Test, Lord's, 2014 - 298 balls, 16 fours, strike-rate 67.11

Restored to his preferred No 5 position, Root was back to his best after being dropped during England's nightmare 2013/14 Ashes. At 74-3, England were in a spot of bother as Root walked out with just two fifties to his name in his previous 14 Test innings.

What followed was a masterclass of touch and precision that was voracious in its accumulation of runs, spurring England on to 575-9 declared - their highest Test score for three years, Root sharing a 171-run stand with Matt Prior as well as an 81-run partnership for the ninth-wicket with Liam Plunkett. On reaching 200, Root raised both arms and looked to the heavens, beaming with a boyish grin. His knock wouldn't set up a winning cause - first-innings centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews put paid to that - but for a couple of years it would prove too tough for Root to top.

First Hundred Abroad

182 not out v West Indies, second Test, Grenada, 2015 - 229 balls, 17 fours, four sixes, strike-rate 79.47

Hordes of people in and around St George's were queuing up for a hit on this most docile of pitches, not that Root's 333-minute marathon was a breeze. With Ian Bell, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes missing out around him, Root grafted long and hard to pave the way for England's first away Test win since 2012.

A double century looked certain until Root's 33-run stand with James Anderson for the 10th wicket ended with 'the Burnley Lara' dozily forgetting to run his bat in. Surely even he didn't fancy a bowl on this wicket (he did go on to take 4-43, to be fair)? Root - involved in three run outs in the innings - was far from chuffed as he stormed off, perhaps already aware of Alastair Cook's cheeky plan to give him the new nickname of 'Geoffrey', referencing the less than convincing running between the wickets of a certain Mr Boycott.

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