Alastair Cook, Joe Root hit tons on day one

Cook joined Bradman on 29 Test centuries and Root pocketed a 10th on the opening day of England’s second Test against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford.

Cook reached three figures from 157 balls with a trademark clip of the pads, while Root secured his first ton against Pakistan from a slightly more sedate 167 deliveries with four through midwicket, and helped his side to 314-4.

Cook’s 29th Test century didn’t come as speedily as The Don’s in terms of matches played, though – the England man taking 131 games to reach the milestone compared to the Australian great’s 52.


Root’s hundred, meanwhile, was his first since moving up to No 3 in England’s batting order – it’s highly unlikely to be his last.

Root, who put on 185 with Cook for the second wicket, was unbeaten on 141 at stumps, his 10th Test century.

Mohammad Amir took 2-63, including bowling Cook, but Pakistan toiled for much of the day on a flat pitch.



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