Root, Cook hit tons to lead England to 314-4 vs Pakistan

Pakistan's Mohammed Amir, centre, shows his dejection as England's Alastair Cook, right, and Alex Hales make runs, during day one of the Second Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester England Friday July 22, 2016 (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Joe Root and captain Alastair Cook hit comfortable centuries as England reached 314-4 at stumps on Friday to take an early advantage in the second test against Pakistan.

Root made amends for reckless dismissals in England's first test defeat at Lord's last week to remain unbeaten on 141 at the end of the first day, and Cook read the wicket well to make 105.

Cook, leading England for the 50th test, and Root contributed 185 runs for the second wicket before the England captain was bowled by Mohammad Amir (2-63) in a delivery which kept low.

The newly top-ranked test leg-spinner Yasir Shah had a day to forget, remaining wicketless after bowling 31 overs while conceding 111 runs.