Cricket: Sheffield’s Root his 200 on record-breaking day for England

Joe Root celebrates reaching 150
Joe Root celebrates reaching 150

Sheffield’s Joe Root hit his first Test match double century as England declared on a mammoth total of 575-9 against Sri Lanka at Lord’s this afternoon.

Root, a product of Sheffield Collegiate CC, eclipsed his previous best of 180 - which also came at Lord’s last summer, against the touring Australians.

Resuming this morning on 102, Root lost partner Matt Prior for 86 after the pair had put on 171 for the sixth wicket, an England record against Sri Lanka.

Stuart Broad then hit nine fours in an entertaining 47-run cameo, off 38 balls, and it was left to James Anderson (nine not out) to survive as Root secured his first Test double-century.

Yesterday, 23-year-old Root became the fifth-youngest player to reach 1000 Test match runs, behind Alastair Cook, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Sir Leonard Hutton.

England’s total is their highest ever in Test matches against Sri Lanka.