Ashes: Root century galvanises England in Cardiff

CARDIFF: A superb century from Joe Root helped England to a positive 343-7 after they had made a shaky start to day one of the first Ashes Test on Wednesday.


The 24-year-old joined Gary Ballance at 43-3 after Adam Lyth (6), Alastair Cook (20) and Ian Bell (1) all fell cheaply.

Root added 153 with Ballance (61), and 84 with Ben Stokes(52), before falling to Mitchell Starc for 134 from 166 balls.

Starc bowled Stokes to end with 3-84, while Josh Hazlewood claimed 3-70, as Australia regained some control.