England in total command after imperious Root century
Stumps England 423 for 8 (Root 121, Hameed 68, Shami 3-87) lead India 78 (Anderson 3-6, Overton 3-14) by 344 runs
Joe Root made another magnificent record-equalling century on his home ground as England built a huge lead over India on day two of the third Test.
Root led by example yet again, becoming only the third England batsman to score six hundreds in a calendar year in the longest format.
The captain sent a raucous Headingly crowd into raptures, playing with great finesse in his latest masterclass before he was dismissed for 121.
Recalled batsman Dawid Malan made an impressive 70, with England closing in complete command on 423-8 – leading by 345 runs and primed to level the series at 1-1 after the tourists were skittled for only 78 on day one.
Rory Burns, celebrating his 31st birthday, was bowled by Mohammed Shami (3-87) for 61 and Ravindra Jadeja (2-88) cleaned up Haseeb Hameed (68) after England resumed on 120 without loss.
Root was in great touch immediately after coming to the crease with his side 159-2 and the runs started to flow after lunch as the new ball was given the treatment.
The skipper reached his half-century off only 57 balls, raising his bat after a glorious square drive off the back foot, and continued to motor with great support from Malan.
Malan also played some sumptuous strokes in a third-wicket stand of 139 with Root before he edged Mohammed Siraj (2-86) behind on the stroke of lunch, Virat Kohli successfully reviewing despite Rishabh Pant appearing to be totally unaware of an edge.
Root raced to his 23rd Test hundred in the evening session, while Jonny Bairstow looked in good touch before falling for 29.
Jasprit Bumrah got one to nip back in and bowl Root, who found the rope 14 times, and Craig Overton was unbeaten on 24 at stumps after Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali fell cheaply.
Root continued his astonishing purple patch with another sublime innings on his home ground, facing only 125 to reach three figures yet again.
The skipper matched a feat achieved by the great Denis Compton and Michael Vaughan of scoring six Test hundreds in a calendar year – an England record.
There appears to be no stopping Root, who made 109 in the first match of the series at Trent Bridge before crafting a brilliant unbeaten 180 in the first innings of the defeat at Lord’s.
Root has amassed 507 in five innings during this series, averaging 126.75 at a strike rate of 61.38.
Malan grasps his chance
Malan also played beautifully on what is now his home ground after being recalled for his first Test in three years.
With Hameed moving up to open and Dom Sibley dropped, the left-hander produced an assured knock that England have been lacking from a number three.
He struck 11 boundaries in 128 balls, making 50 or more for the eighth time in the longest format. (SportsMax)