We’re on the right Root, says England centurion

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Sheffield’s Joe Root hopes his unbeaten century in England’s first West Indies warm-up game is the sign of things to come - for him, and the team.

The 23-year-old, who had a tough run of form during the winter Ashes tour, struck 104 not out as England beat a University of West Indies XI by 29 runs in Antigua.

Root, expected to be in the England side for the first ODI against the West Indies tomorrow, said: “I never worried too much about my form, and I knew I was always going to come back.

“But it was nice to get a fresh start here on this tour, really knucke down and get back to making some big runs.

“The key is to continue and build on this, and make sure I go on and become more consistent and can be relied upon on more occasions.

“To get runs early on in a tour gives you a lot of confidence for what’s to come.”