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Root hails England's rising stars

20th January 2020, 13:27 by Gareth Freeman

Captain Joe Root praised the performances of England's "young guns" after victory over South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

The tourists won by an innings and 53 runs to take a 2-1 series lead with one match left to play.

England's experienced campaigners such as Root, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes impressed, bit the skipper felt the displays of some of the younger members of the team were also crucial.

Ollie Pope and Dom Bess, both 22, made their mark in Port Elizabeth as Pope recorded his first century and Bess managed his first five-wicket haul.

In the second Test, 24-year-old Dom Sibley hit his maiden century with an unbeaten 133 as England claimed a 189-run win.

"It's a great template for how we want to play our cricket: a big first-innings score and drive the game forward from there," said Root.

"We want to keep giving our young guys confidence so that when they get their opportunities they feel they can perform.

"Our team is all about the collective and we've got a very good squad of players. Having guys at a young age stepping up is a really exciting place to be."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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