England captain Joe Root equalled AB de Villiers' world record of half-centuries in 12 successive Tests after surviving an early drop on the first morning of the second Test against the West Indies.
Root offered a simple chance with just eight to his name but was dropped by Kieran Powell at slip and went on to pass 50 on his home ground of Headingley.
He had already set a new English record with his hundred at Edgbaston last week and now sits level with South Africa star De Villiers, continuing a consistent streak of scoring that dates back to the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka last October.
Root's landmark left England 114 for four after the tourists turned in a much-improved performance with the ball to expose familiar top-order frailties.
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Essex batsman Tom Westley will replace the injured Gary Ballance in next week's third Investec Test against South Africa and could be joined in the England side by a second newcomer, Middlesex's Dawid Malan.
The pair have been called up in a 13-man squad to face the Proteas at the Kia Oval following the 340-run defeat at Trent Bridge but there is a familiar feeling of disappointment for Surrey's Mark Stoneman, with misfiring opener Keaton Jennings retained.
The selectors have taken the unusual step of confirming 28-year-old Westley's place in the side, and batting order, after Ballance was ruled out with a fractured finger, but Malan has no such promise and will go head to head with spin-bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson.
If head coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root decide a second slow-bowling option is necessary alongside Moeen Ali, Dawson will continue his unexpected stint in the team, with Malan on hand as an alternative option to bolster the batting.
Malan's county team-mate Toby Roland-Jones, a third uncapped squad member, will challenge Mark Wood for his place in the side, the latter having struggled for form in the series but been passed fit after a heel complaint.
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England will find out later today whether Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler aggravated a long-standing injury to his left heel yesterday.
Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area as Nottinghamshire completed a comprehensive innings-and-280-run victory over Leicestershire in the Specsavers County Championship.
Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old has undergone a scan and England should know whether he will be fit to face the Proteas later this afternoon.
Broad has been managing his left heel for a number of years and wears special bowling boots in an effort to prevent injury.
Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores moved to allay fears over the paceman, saying: "Stuart had a bit of pain in his heel, he's had it for a while.
"If the situation had been different he could have pushed on through it, but there was no need to so he came off and we'll monitor it and look after him."
Broad is the latest bowling concern for England ahead of the start of the Test summer in two weeks' time, with Chris Woakes struggling with a side strain while James Anderson has only recently recovered from a groin injury.
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