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Root century in 100th Test gives England perfect start against India

The pictures beamed back from Chennai via Channel 4 were a delight for England supporters stuck at home during lockdown. Joe Root, in his 100th Test match, produced another masterful century in the subcontinent and one that gave his side a near-ideal start to their four-match series in India.

Root had dominated much of the build-up to this curtain-raiser, dutifully agreeing to countless interviews about his impending arrival into the 100-cap club; given the demands of his dual role as the team’s premier batsman and captain, all this extra attention could easily have proved a distraction to the 30-year-old.

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