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Root equals record with half-century against West Indies

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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.