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England pulled off the third-highest successful run chase in Tests at Lord’s courtesy of a brilliant unbeaten 120-run stand between Joe Root and Ben Foakes. Along the way, Root struck his 26th Test century and brought up 10,000 runs in Test cricket in a glorious knock, achieved under pressure as England were in trouble at 69/4 chasing 277.

Root was awarded player of the match for his 115*. He fittingly hit the winning runs off Tim Southee after he and Foakes cruised the final 61 runs needed on day four to seal victory.

 “It feels fantastic, more than anything for us to have won this Test match after such a long time. It’s been so enjoyable. Hopefully we can use this as a way to step forward,” Root said in the post-match presentation.

“The number of times Ben [Stokes] has won us Tests under my leadership, it’s a great chance for me to give back to him. I love batting. I want to score as many runs as I can and win us as many Test matches as I can.”

Earlier, other centurion Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put on a 195-run stand to rescue New Zealand from the depths of 56/4 in their second dig. At 251/4, the Black Caps could envision a lead of 300+, but they collapsed again and lost their last six wickets for 34 runs.

In the end, their 276-run lead wasn’t enough. England’s second innings began before even two days’ worth of overs were bowled, so they had the chance to bat on a relatively fresh Lord’s track. And, after yet another collapse earlier in the Test, England managed to pull it off thanks to Stokes, Foakes and the brilliant Joe Root.

Highest successful run chases in Tests at Lord’s

344-1 by West Indies against England, 1984

West Indies were a different beast in the 1970s and 1980s. Their magnificent run chase of 342 back in 1984 remains the highest successful run chase on this ground.

Gordon Greenidge belted an unbeaten 214 off just 242 balls, while Larry Gomes finished not out on 92 off 140 balls. The only wicket England took was Desmond Haynes via a run out. Sheer dominance.

282-3 by England against New Zealand, 2004

A year before England’s superb triumph in the 2005 Ashes, Andrew Strauss struck 112 and 83 as England chased 282 against New Zealand at Lord’s. Nasser Hussain also starred in the second innings, hitting an unbeaten 103 to guide England home.

279/5 by England against New Zealand, 2022

Victory in the opening Test of the 2022 series against New Zealand was England’s second in 18 Tests since defeating India at Chennai in early 2021. Joe Root was instrumental to victory in that Chennai Test, and was also key to England’s triumph at Lord’s nearly 18 months later.

218-3 by England against New Zealand, 1965

Yet another successful run chase by England against New Zealand at Lord’s. 57 years ago, Geoff Boycott (76) and Ted Dexter (80*) led England to a seven-wicket win. It was a result that saw England go 2-0 up in that three-match series against the Black Caps.

193-5 by England against West Indies, 2012

High-flying England were staring down the barrel of an upset defeat against West Indies in 2012. Chasing 193 for victory, England slipped to 57/4, before Ian Bell (63*) and Alastair Cook (79) put on a 132-run stand to put the home side on the brink of victory.

191-8 by England against West Indies, 2000

England won this Test despite getting rolled for 134 in their first dig. They then destroyed West Indies in the second innings, rolling the tourists for just 54, leaving 188 to win.

The home side got there in the end, but not before a six-wicket haul from Windies legend Courtney Walsh. Dominic Cork (33*) and Darren Gough (4*) came together with 28 to win and two wickets in hand, and they remained there at the end.

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