England made merry on a perfect batting pitch at Lord’s as they posted a total of 333 for five in the second innings of the second Test against Australia, giving them a mammoth lead of 566 at the end of Day Three.
Joe Root got his name on the Lord’s honours board as he piled on the runs for his team and misery on the Australians. The 22-year-old scored his second Test century after starting the day on 18 and ended it on 178 not out — his highest Test score. He consumed 334 deliveries and scored at a strike-rate of 53.29, which was boosted in the final session. The innings included as many as 18 boundaries — mostly through the cover-point region — and two sixes over deep midwicket.