Ashes 2013: Joe Root hails England’s ruthless streak after day three

Ashes 2013: Joe Root hails the importance of “hammering home” England's advantage on the third day of the second Test at Lord's

By Daniel Jolly
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Joe Root helped England end day three on 178 not out Photo: The Sport Review

England opener Joe Root hailed the importance of “hammering home” their advantage on the third day of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.

The Yorkshire batsman was the star of the show on another miserable day for the tourists as he batted throughout the day to end on 178 not out.

Alastair Cook’s side closed on 333-5, leading by 566, as the game continues to swing in their favour.

Despite the clear dominance of the game by the hosts, Root insists that they will continue to be mindful of a backlash.

“I’m not thinking too far ahead – it’s about setting small targets like we’ve done all game and take it like that.

“Last night was tough. They bowled exceptionally well and we knew today we were going to have to scrap for a bit and earn the right to score runs later in the day.

“I just want to concentrate on playing my part but I have no idea when Cookie is thinking about declaring”

Following the victory at Trent Bridge, many questions were asked of his ability to play at the top order but the 22-year-old silenced the critics with a classy individual display.

Reflecting on the century, Root added: “It was pretty special. As a kid growing up, playing the Ashes is the pinnacle and to get a hundred and to also do it at Lords as well was a nice feeling.

“Having my brother as 12th man for the century was nice. Mum and Dad are here too and I’m sure they’ll be slightly worse for wear this evening, hopefully not too bad though.

“You just want to score runs and it doesn’t really matter where, I just want to keep contributing and scoring for England.”

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