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A player at the height of his powers: Reactions to Joe Root’s masterful century in Headingley Test

England captain Joe Root slammed a masterful century on day two of the third Test against India at Headingley. This was the 30-year-old’s third hundred of the series, sixth of the year, and the 23rd of his Test career.

Root, who made 109 in the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge and a brilliant 180 not out at Lord’s, looked in excellent touch from the get-go at his home ground on Thursday. He got to fifty in style with a back-foot punch through point for four, and he got to his hundred with a flick past mid-wicket for four.

Live blog: England vs India, day two of the third Test

Here’s are some reactions to Root’s marvellous ton at Headingley:

#ENGvIND

The brilliant Joe Root gets to his sixth century of the year, and third in this series.

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— The Field (@thefield_in) August 26, 2021

Five players have now scored eight Test centuries against India: Sobers, Richards, Ponting, Steve Smith and Root. No one has nine.

— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) August 26, 2021

This was Joe Root’s third fastest Test match hundred.

1. 118 balls v 🇦🇺 – July 2015
2. 120 balls v 🇱🇰 – Nov 2018
3. 125 balls v 🇮🇳 – Today
4. 126 balls v 🌴 – April 2015
5. 128 balls v 🇿🇦 – Jan 2016#ENGvIND

— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst)…

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