England tribute to phenomenal Root after double ton

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Sun, 2021-02-07 01:48

CHENNAI, India:  Joe Root’s landmark double century for England against India in the opening Test made his teammates look “rubbish,” Ben Stokes said in a tribute to his captain on Saturday.

The captain, who resumed on his overnight 128, hit a big six to become the first player to go past 200 in his 100th Test. He made 218 before departing in the final session in Chennai.

England rode on Root’s masterclass to reach 555 for eight at close on day two. Dom Bess, on 28, and Jack Leach on six, were at the crease.

England's Joe Root celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Asad Shafiq, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of COVID-19. (REUTERS/File Photo)
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