Joe Root reaches 10,000 Test runs to lead England to superb win over New Zealand in Ben Stokes' first match as captain

ENGLAND have beaten New Zealand in Ben Stokes' first test as captain as Joe Root reached 10,000 Test runs.

Ex skipper Root and wicket keeper Ben Foakes got England over the line on day three, winning by five wickets.




The pair came out to bat at the start of the day and scored the 61 runs needed in just over an hour with Root scoring a century – the 26th of his Test career.

Foakes scored 32 and never came under threat with England avoiding the new ball on an overcast day at Lord's.

Speaking to Test Match Special after the game, Root said: "It’s a nice feeling. It was hell of a game and for this game to be in Warney’s memory with such aggressive cricket is fitting in many ways.

"I feel great. It means a huge amount to the group and it was nice to do it for Ben. He has done it for me so many times over the years it was nice to give it back for him today.

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"I just love batting, I want to score as many runs as I can for the group and nice to do it at the start of the summer.

"It was nice do it for Ben (Stokes).

"The amount of times he done it for me over the years. It is nice to do it back for him."

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