Sir Alastair Cook has backed Joe Root to surpass him as England’s record Test run-scorer after his century helped the hosts defeat New Zealand (Series winner – England 1/3, draw 9/2, New Zealand 13/2) in the first Test at Lord’s.
Root was the star of the show in the second innings and England successfully chased down a target of 277 to win the first Test of three at Lord’s.
A magnificent unbeaten 115 saw Root record his 26th international Test century, as well as go past the 10,000 Test run mark.
It was also the first game of the new era with Ben Stokes as captain and Kiwi Brendon McCullum as coach.
Not having the burden of the captaincy appeared to liberate Root as he forged a successful partnership with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.
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It ended a run of just one win in 17 Test matches for England and now they will approach the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday full of confidence.
Cook says Root should be able to overhaul his record with the former currently 2,457 runs ahead of the latter.
“He is a pleasure to watch, the most complete England batsman I have seen,” Cook told BBC Sport.
“The person who could play the most incredible innings was Kevin Pietersen, but for the most complete batsmen in all three forms, it’s Root. His consistency is incredible.
“Barring injury, he’ll go miles past my record.”
England have named the same 14-man squad for the Test at Trent Bridge as they look to seal the series (England to win series 3-0 – 10/3).
Spinner Jack Leach has been included after he was withdrawn on day one at Lord’s following an awkward fall on his head when trying to prevent a boundary.
His replacement Matt Parkinson has been added to the squad after he grabbed his first Test wicket as a replacement for Leach.
Somerset seamer Craig Overton and Yorkshire batter Harry Brook have also been included and will hope to muscle their way into the starting XI.
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