County Championship: Joe Root hits century on third day of Roses match

Joe Root

Joe Root scored his 37th first-class century
LV= County Championship Division One, Clean Slate Headingley (day three)
Lancashire 566-9 dec: Jennings 238, Croft 104; Bess 3-151
Yorkshire 356-8: Root 147; Bailey 3-56
Yorkshire (4 pts) trail Lancashire (5 pts) by 210 runs
Match scorecard

Joe Root’s maiden Roses century – secured with England colleague James Anderson in opposition – gave Yorkshire a realistic chance of a County Championship draw against Lancashire at Headingley.

The 31-year-old has slotted seamlessly back into county cricket having resigned as England’s Test captain last month, posting 75 in a draw at Essex last week followed by this serene 147 off 218 balls.

Yorkshire, replying to a first-innings 566-9 declared, are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to 2022 to a fifth game and started the day on 53-2.

By the close, they had reached 356-8 from 118 overs, 210 behind and 61 short of the follow-on target.

Root, whose previous Roses best was 22 in six innings, shared 154 for the sixth…