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Root's record marked on the board

Root's record marked on the board

Joe Root's name has been officially entered on the Honours Boards at Lord's after the 22 year-old became the youngest England player to score an Ashes Series century against Australia at Lord's.

The Yorkshireman, one of two centurions for England following Ian Bell's first innings 109, struck 180 in the second innings as Alastair Cook's men cruised to a 347-run victory in the second Investec Test.

Root passed the milestone aged 22 years and 172 days.

It broke an 83-year-old record set by Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji back in the 1930 Test between the two sides at Lord's.

Duleepsinshji was aged 25 years and 14 days when he hit 173 in the first innings of that match, which Australia won by 7 wickets.

Root goes into the history books

However, Root is not the youngest player to score a hundred for England at the Home of Cricket against any opposition. That accolade is still held by Denis Compton for his 120 against the West Indies in 1939.

Compton was aged just 21 years and 32 days when he reached three figures in that match, and in doing so remains the youngest English batsman to score a hundred in a Test at Lord's.

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