Root century gives England momentum on Day Two

Friday 15th January 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

England’s Joe Root scored a century to reverse the momentum of the third Test after South Africa looked set to take control in Johannesburg.

Replying to the Proteas’ 313, England were wobbling at 22-2 and 91-4, but Root combined with Ben Stokes to counter-attack in a fifth-wicket stand of 111 made at a rate of seven an over.

After Stokes fell for 58, Root moved to three figures, his ninth Test hundred, and was 106 not out when bad light and rain ended play 80 minutes early with England 238-5. Root and Stokes’ efforts were particularly outstanding considering the majority of the top order had struggled on a lively pitch against a hostile South Africa attack.

As England teetered, they responded by flaying the Proteas to all parts of the Bullring to give the tourists, 1-0 up in the four-match series, every chance of earning a first-innings lead.

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