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Root delighted with England's calmness after Ireland scare
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Root delighted with England's calmness after Ireland scare

Joe Root praised England's ability to withstand pressure after registering a thumping victory over Ireland at Lord's.

"I knew that was a lot of runs (to make) on that surface," said Root after managing a convincing win in the one-off Test.

Ireland got bundled out for 38 in the second innings which is the 7th lowest total in Test history and the lowest since 1955.

Root said after the premature conclusion of the Test: "We found ourselves in a similar position at Edgbaston against India last year. I thought it was very important we stayed calm, asked the right questions, and that's exactly what we did today."

People were starting to cast doubts on the abilities of the recently crowned World Cup champions when they collapsed on a paltry 85 in the first innings but they came roaring back to win in a domineering fashion by 143 runs.

Chris Woakes has hit a purple patch with the ball continuing his blazing World Cup form bagging six wickets for 17 runs and Stuart Broad's 4-19 complemented him to seal the match in a mere 15.4 overs in the fourth innings.

Ireland didn't have a daunting task when they came out to bat requiring a modest 182 to make history in a four-day Test match but they snapped big-time under trying conditions.

"It's very pleasing, the way we managed certain pressure situations throughout the games. It wasn't by any stretch the perfect game for us but sometimes that can be a really important part of your learning. We'll take a lot from this game," a reassured Root opined.

'We knew it was going to be tough' - Porterfield

Ireland captain William Porterfield said his side were particularly disappointed because they had put themselves in a position to win the game.

"We knew it was going to be tough with the lights on and drizzle in the air," he said.

"But we had to dig deep and get through that. Fair play to the two lads to how they bowled -- they made it difficult.

"If we had managed to get 50 or 70 more in the first innings, that turns it into a different chase today."

Unexpected man-of-the-match Jack Leach, who scored 92 not out in England's second innings, said: "Bowling three overs for 26 and I've got the man of the match -- I didn't see that happening. I'm a number 11, but I found some form out there.

"Woakesey and Broady bowled brilliantly this morning. They put the ball in the right area and things seemed to happen. We got the win and that's the most important thing."