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England batsman Joe Root has announced that he was delighted to score a century during the first Test of the summer.
Root is currently unbeaten on 102 following the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.
“It was obviously a tough winter, not just on a personal front but as a team so it’s obviously pleasing,” Root told Sky Sports. “I enjoy playing here. You can’t beat the first Test of the summer at Lord’s and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“Nothing beats Test cricket in my eyes and the challenge of trying to score runs in the first Test of the summer after the winter we had was one I relished. Hopefully me and Matty can kick on now and get towards 400 if not more.”
Root also complimented wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior for supporting him with an unbeaten 76.
“I love batting with Matty,” he said. “He’s a great bloke to have in the side and to play how he has is testament to his character and his quality as a player. You can see by the celebration for his 50 how much it means to him.”
Meanwhile, even though England are in the driver’s seat at the end of the first day, Sri Lanka bowling coach Chaminda Vaas was pleased with the way the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled.
“We bowled pretty well on this wicket,” he said. “I thought in the first few hours we bowled in some good areas and were able to take five wickets.
“There was something in the wicket and the bowlers gave 100 per cent to get the five wickets. After lunch the wicket got flat and we had to learn how to bowl good areas.
“I didn’t expect more because something happened in the wicket in the first few hours. We couldn’t capitalise but I’m happy with the way our bowlers bowled on this track.”