England v New Zealand: Joe Root hits maiden Test ton at Headingley
Joe Root's maiden Test ton helped England end day two of the second Test against New Zealand on 337-7 at Headingley.
Last Updated: 26/05/13 7:20pm
Right-hander Root continued to grow his already burgeoning reputation as he made 104 for the hosts, including sharing in a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 124 with fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow (64).
The partnership between the two county colleagues helped England make the most of the chance to bat first on a surface that had spent all of the rain-ruined opening day under cover.
Once the match finally got underway, Nick Compton fell early for one to Doug Bracewell and then Jonathan Trott (28) and Alastair Cook (34) departed in back-to-back deliveries just before lunch, albeit to different bowlers, to leave the hosts wobbling a little at 65-3.
And although Ian Bell helped add 79 alongside Root, his departure to the part-time off-spin of Kane Williamson for 30 could have let the Kiwis in again.
Instead Bairstow marched out to join Root to form an alliance that would lift England into a promising position, despite them losing another clatter of wickets to the second new ball late on.
The dynamic duo thrilled their home crowd on a sun-drenched afternoon; Root looked calm and composed throughout, though he did have a couple of scares in the nervous 90s.
A Bairstow straight drive could have seen him run out at the non-striker's end on 92 after clipping Neil Wagner's outstretched hand, but he'd been alert enough to get both his bat and foot back behind the line.
Just one run later and he had to survive a review decision as New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was adamant he had taken a catch down leg off a thin nick. Replays showed, however, that ball had hit pad and not bat, meaning Root remained at the crease.
His milestone moment finally arrived with a guide down to third man for his ninth four, meaning he became the first Yorkshire player to hit their first Test ton at Leeds.
He received a standing ovation from those at the ground, who were soon back on their feet to clap him again after nicking Trent Boult's first delivery with the second new ball through to wicketkeeper McCullum.
The same bowler also dismissed Bairstow and Stuart Broad soon after, both times to catches behind the wicket, as the Black Caps battled back. Yet Matt Prior (37 not out) and Graeme Swann, who was unbeaten on 21, finished the day with a flourish, putting on 51 in a hurry.