Joe Root piles on runs for England

Joe Root will resume eight runs short of a century at The Oval tomorrow after leading England to 385-7 on day two of the fifth Test against India.

Joe Root piled on the runs in the evening session as England reached 385-7 at the close of play on day two of the fifth Test against India at the Oval.

The Yorkshire batsman followed Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance to become the third player to pass the 50-run mark during the home side's first innings, leaving them 237 runs ahead going into the third day.

Joe Root batting on day two of England's fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

Root resumed alongside Jos Buttler after tea, but the wicketkeeper was dismissed for 45 after edging an Ishant Sharma delivery to slip.

Chris Woakes followed for a duck just 10 minutes later as Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed his first wicket of the match, but Root continued to find the boundaries as he pushed England's lead beyond 200 runs.

Root reached 92 at stumps, while Chris Jordan added 19.

Alastair Cook in action for England on day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
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