The Ashes: Joe Root jokes, brother Billy nastier than Shane Watson and co.

Joe Root said some good natured jibes from his younger brother Billy, who is the 12th man at Lord's, inspired him to destroy Australia.

updated: July 21, 2013 14:20 IST
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London: England opener Joe Root revealed a barrage of good-natured abuse from his brother inspired him to destroy Australia with a majestic 178 not out on the third day of the second Test at Lord's on Saturday.

At 22 years and 202 days, Root became England's youngest Ashes centurion at Lord's as the Yorkshire batsman recorded his second ton in just his eighth Test.

Root's heroics provided the foundation for England to push Australia closer to a second successive defeat, with the hosts losing only two wickets to close on 333 for five, a lead of 566 with two days to play.

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