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England captain Joe Root falls just short of double-century at Lord´s

09 July 2017

South Africa captain Dean Elgar bats during day two of the first test against England at Lord's, before being dismissed for 54.

Joe Root narrowly missed out on a second double century at Lord's, departing early on Day 2 of the first test before England was dismissed for 458 by South Africa before lunch on Friday.

Root was dismissed by South Africa's Morne Morkel at the start of Day 2 of the first Test at Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday.

South Africa trailed by 362 runs and was only going along at three an over.

Instead, though, Morkel ended his six-and-a-quarter-hour stay - after Root had hit 27 fours and a six from 234 balls - in the third over of another glorious day, and then struck again nearly immediately when Dawson's recourse to DRS narrowly failed to overturn umpire Sundaram Ravi's decision as technology depicted the ball going on to flick the off-bail.

The 26-year-old Yorkshireman walked off to a standing ovation from a capacity and sun-drenched crowd, having batted for over six hours, facing 234 balls including 27 fours and a six.

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James Anderson was the last man out for 12, edging Morkel behind after sharing a 45-run last-wicket partnership. With new captain Joe Root lead from the front, he came to the crease when the team's score was 17/2 but was still unbeaten when both the teams went back to the pavilion at the end of game's play scoring 184 runs in just 227 balls.

Root's innings was already the highest score by an England captain in his first Test in charge, surpassing Cook's 173 against Bangladesh in 2010.

The first over after the drinks break again saw England lose two wickets.

Moeen was bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 87 and Mark Wood lasted two balls before he was lbw to the right-arm fast bowler.

He pulled Morkel for two sixes in as many balls to complete a spirited 45-ball fifty, also including seven fours. It was the fast bowler's first fifty in almost four years.

England captain Joe Root falls just short of double-century at Lord´s