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India v England: Joe Root reacts after scoring century in opening Test

Joe Root scored a century as England impressed on day one of the first Test against India (Picture: BCCI)

Joe Root says it was ‘special’ to score a century in his 100th Test as the England captain helped his side frustrate India on day one of the series opener in Chennai.

Root notched up his third successive Test hundred and 20th career ton as England made an impressive start to their four-match series against India.

The 30-year-old hit a superb 128 not out and led England to 283-3 at the close, with opening batsman Dom Sibley making 87 before falling in the final over of the day.

‘It was a very special day,’ Root told Channel 4. ‘I had a wonderful evening last night with the lads, who had a little surprise for me and Ben [Stokes] in particular said some very nice words.

‘So to turn up today and play the way we have – it’s a really impressive start but it’s just a start. It’s really important that we go into tomorrow and back it up.

‘I’ve really used the lockdown period and the time away from the game to look at a few things technically; mentally, I had a chat with a few people and it has really benefitted me.

‘You always have to look to evolve as a player and I’m benefitting from that. I’m sure there will be more challenges that I will have to overcome but I’m really pleased with how things are going as of now.

Root celebrates after reaching his century on day one of the first Test against India (Picture: BCCI)

‘I’ve just got to try and cash in and make the most of it and hopefully make a really big hundred.’

After England won the toss and elected to bat, Sibley and Rory Burns (33) put on 63 for the first-wicket before Burns was out attempting to reverse-sweep Ravi Ashwin.

Dan Lawrence, promoted to No. 3 due to Zak Crawley’s unfortunate injury on the eve of the match, was then trapped lbw by Jasprit Bumrah for a duck.

India’s hopes of running through England were ended by a brilliant 200-run partnership between Root and Sibley, who batted patiently in the afternoon session and wore the hosts down.

Root reached a superb century after tea – becoming just the ninth player to score a century in their 100th Test – while Sibley fell just before the close, 13 runs short of a third Test ton.

India, the leaders in the World Test Championship, have only lost one match at home since 2013 and will be looking to make more inroads on day two.

While Sibley was not quite able to see out the day, his innings received praise from former England captain Nasser Hussain.

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He told Sky Sports: ‘What has impressed me most about Sibley in his Test career so far is his willingness to learn and to adapt and not just say “that’s my method and that’s the way I play”.

‘It was classic old-fashioned opening batting from Sibley today – soaking up the first session and going hard at the bowlers when they are tired.

‘Today he came down the wicket on a number of occasions against the spinners and clipped it through midwicket for four and got some sweeps out. He’s learnt a lot from Root, going fully forward and fully back.’

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