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Dream start for England skipper as he leads by example


By David Clough

Joe Root enjoyed a dream start as England captain and was pleased he was able to lead by example. In his first innings in the job, Root plundered an unbeaten 184 to help rescue his side from early trouble in the first Investec Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Having won the toss and choosing to bat, England were reduced to 17 for two and then 76 for four before Root, in partnership with Ben Stokes (56) and then Moeen Ali (61no), led them to 357 for five.

He became the sixth Englishman to score a century in his first Test as captain and admitted it was special. He said: "I rode my luck at the start, it just seemed to be one of those days where everything went right.

"It is very special, you want to start well as captain and you want to set the example.

"You have been harping on at the lads about how you want them to approach the cricket and you want to make sure you go out and do exactly what you've preached.

"It is a nice start, that's all it is, there's no point thinking this is it. I have to kick on and make sure we have a strong start to the series and the summer but I am very delighted with how it's gone."

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