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Root survives being hit to score ton in Yorkshire draw

8th April 2019, 19:17 by Neil Foster

Only Joe Root's pride was hurt after being hit on the helmet by a Stuart Broad bouncer while scoring a century for Yorkshire.

The England Test skipper was pinned first ball by Broad's short-pitched delivery but recovered to score a magnificent unbeaten 130 to ensure Yorkshire drew with Notts.

With only a draw to play for after the hosts scored 408 and 329-5 declared in their two innings, Root faced 189 deliveries and hit 18 fours, sharing an unbroken partnership of 253 with Gary Ballance, who chipped in with an unbeaten 101.

Having suffered a slight hand injury when fielding on Sunday, there was concern for Root after his early scare, but the 28-year-old confessed he was unhurt apart from letting his England team-mate get the better of him.

"You've got to make sure you know what day of the week it is and everything so it was just making sure you tick the boxes and for the physio to make sure there was no danger," he said. "The only thing that was really hurting was my ego, letting Stuart hit me like that.

"You expect someone with 400-plus Test wickets to come hard at you like that to do anything he can to get you out. Fair play to him, he got it right on the money, didn't he?"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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