The England No.4 added: “We couldn’t have started the series any better although there was a blip at the end. I certainly feel that I am in good form. I need to make sure that I cash in on it. Over the course of my career, I have not gone on and made big scores. I am pretty pleased to do that right now. Hopefully, I can kick on, on the second day.” Following the dismissal of one-down batter Dan Lawrence, who was a scorer’s delight, Root and his junior partner Sibley shared a 200-run alliance for the third wicket. Although Sibley fell 13 runs short of a fine century, the captain sang the praises of the opening batsman for showing patience of the highest order.