TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Joe Root becomes the THIRD Englishman to score six Test Hundreds in a calendar year, as captain keeps pace with Kevin Pietersen for centuries after masterclass in India
- Joe Root became the third Englishman to hit six Test Hundreds in a calendar year
- The England captain hit an amazing 121 runs in a masterclass first innings vs India
- Root is now level with Kevin Pietersen for Test centuries scored (23)
- England’s top order also enjoyed an excellent day as all four made half a century
England continued to recapture their lead on day two of the second Test with India at Headingley.
Joe Root, who was eventually sacked for 121, and the rest of England’s batting lineup frustrated the tourists at the crease and built a commanding lead of 345 runs.
Here, Lawrence Booth cracks some of the numbers on a day when England got closer to leveling the series at 1-1.
Joe Root became only the third Englishman to reach six Test centuries in one calendar year
Joe Root became only the third cricketer in England to score six Test Hundreds in a calendar year, after Denis Compton in 1947 and Michael Vaughan in 2002. And Root has five Tests to go before 2021 is over.
His 23rd Test century puts him on a par with Kevin Pietersen. Only Alastair Cook, at 33, has more for England.
Root’s eighth Test hundred against India equals the record jointly held by Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting and Steve Smith.
The England captain is level with Kevin Pietersen (23) and is 10th behind Alastair Cook
When he was finally bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 121, he had 507 runs in the series at an average of 126. The second highest aggregate on either side is Indian opener KL Rahul’s 244.
England’s top four each passed 50 for the first time since March 2013 in a Test innings in Dunedin, where Cook (116), Nick Compton (117), night watchman Steven Finn (56) and Jonathan Trott (52) all had at least one half profit. -century.
England’s top four have all scored half a century against New Zealand for the first time since 2013
The final opening score of 135 between Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed was England’s highest for the first wicket since November 2016, when Hameed – on his Test debut – scored 180 with Cook in Rajkot.
In his first Test innings in three years, Dawid Malan – who was told by former national selector Ed Smith that he was better suited to batting abroad – made 70, his highest score in 14 innings in England.