Centurion Root: I love batting at Lord's

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England batsman Joe Root scored a century at Lord's on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka, and was delighted to continue his good form at the iconic ground, as he helped his side to 344 for five at stumps.

England batsman Joe Root scored a century at Lord's on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka, and was delighted to continue his good form at the iconic ground, as he helped his side to 344 for five at stumps.

Root now has three Test centuries, and this is his second in a row at the Home Of Cricket. That 180 against Australia in 2013 was his top score, and he was delighted to come back to the venue and do well again.

Root said after day one, where he and Matt Prior put in an unbeaten century stand: "It was obviously a tough winter, not just on a personal front but as a team so it's obviously pleasing.

"I enjoy playing here. You can't beat the first Test of the summer at Lord's and the atmosphere was fantastic.

"Nothing beats Test cricket in my eyes and the challenge of trying to score runs in the first Test of the summer after the winter we had was one I relished.

"Hopefully me and Matty can kick on now and get towards 400 if not more."

Of batting with Prior, whose place had been question ahead of the match as he had been out of form and then injured, Root said there were few players more determined to do well for England, as evidenced by his 76 not out.

He added: "I love batting with Matty. He's a great bloke to have in the side and to play how he has is testament to his character and his quality as a player.

"You can see by the celebration for his 50 how much it means to him."

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