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ROOT ONE TO VICTORY; Joe puts England in driving seat.

Byline: From RICHARD GIBSON at Lord's

JOE ROOT was England's batting hero as Australia were ground into the dust yesterday.

But Root, 22, would willingly sacrifice an Ashes double-hundred for England taking a 2-0 lead in the bid to retain the famous urn.

The Yorkshire batsman is 178 not out going into today's fourth day, which England begin in an unassailable position, 566 runs ahead with five second-innings wickets left.

The only question is when Alastair Cook will set loose his bowling attack for the 10 wickets to wrap up a second Test win.

Root said: "I just want to keep doing my bit to make sure we go 2-0 up."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 21, 2013
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