Ashes: Man of the match Joe Root savours 'special' innings as England beat Australia at Lord's
England opener Joe Root confirmed his century in the second Test against Australia was the best innings of his career.
Last Updated: 21/07/13 8:27pm
Root, who was named man of the match, could only add two runs to his overnight score of 178 before he was caught by Steve Smith off the bowling of Ryan Harris, which led to England's declaration on Sunday morning.
But the damage had already been done by the Yorkshireman to set up England's comprehensive 347-run victory that gives them a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series.
Not that Root's influence was over as he took two significant wickets in the shape of Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja as England dismissed Australia for 235.
Root's century was his second for England but first since moving up the batting order to open alongside Alastair Cook at the start of the Ashes series.
His previous hundred came against New Zealand at his home ground of Headingley earlier this year, but he is in no doubt as to his favourite knock.
"I would have to say this one," he told Sky Sports. "To get a hundred against Australia is something that you always want to do as a kid growing up and to do it here at Lord's is very special.
"I just want to keep contributing. Every time you go out to bat it is obviously an opportunity to do that. It was obviously quite a tricky situation and it was nice to get through it and kick on later in the day."
Of his two wickets for nine runs on Sunday afternoon, Root added: "It was nice to contribute. When you get the opportunity you want to try to take it and help the rest of the side as much as you can."