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World record partnership for England in 1st test
Root, Anderson defy India with world record 10th wicket stand; England leads by 28 in 1st test
Associated Press
2014-07-12 09:42 PM

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) -- Joe Root and James Anderson shared a world record 10th wicket stand of 187 runs on Saturday as England reached 485-9 at lunch on day four of the first test against India, and an unexpected lead of 28.

Root, unbeaten on 143, brought up his fourth test century with two consecutive fours off Mohammed Shami at Trent Bridge. It took him 186 balls to reach three figures.

No. 11 Anderson pulled Shami for four to bring up his maiden test half century. At lunch he was unbeaten on 81 from 118 deliveries, hitting 17 fours overall. His previous highest score was 34 against South Africa in 2008 at Headingley.

It was also the first time in test history that there have been two partnerships worth over 100 runs for the 10th wicket, after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami put on 111 in India's first innings of 457.

India's attack toiled on a flat and slow batting wicket, but Shami missed a run out chance from mid on with Root on 92 as he went for a quick single. Murali Vijay also failed to get near the ball at gully take a low catch when Anderson edged Shami on 45.

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