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On this day in 2017 – Joe Root scores 184 in the first innings as England captain

Joe Root marked his first outing as England Test captain with a 184-against invincibility South Africa at Lord’s that day in 2017.

Root survived two early scares before conjuring up a 150-ball century, which included 15 fours, to help England recover from 17 for two, then 76 for four, before closing on 357 for five in the first test.

The Yorkshireman became the sixth England captain in Test history to score a century on his first run in charge as he reached triple figures for the 12th time in 54 Tests.

Root finished with 190 out of 234 deliveries (Nigel French/PA)

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“It was an amazing opportunity to go there as England captain and I wanted to make sure I took advantage of it,” Root said after the day’s game.

“Hopefully it’s not the end of the innings and I can continue tomorrow and score a really big score.”

Root’s hopes of a big score did not materialize as he was fired early on day two, finishing with 190 of 234 deliveries with 27 fours and a six.

However, his efforts helped England post a total of 458 first innings and they would secure a 211-run win in four days before securing a 3-1 series win over the touring South Africans.

Root captained the team until Test series defeats in Australia and the West Indies in the winter of 2021-22 – which saw England’s poor form extend to just one win in 17 matches – led to him leaving office in April.

He held the position for 64 games and holds the record for most wins as England’s Test captain, his 27 putting him one ahead of Michael Vaughan and three ahead of Sir. Cook Alastair and Sir Andrew Strauss.

Ben Stokes was named as a replacement for Root.

On this day in 2017 – Joe Root scores 184 in the first innings as England captain

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