A Look At Records Set By Joe Root This Year

A Look At Records Set By Joe Root This Year

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22 Mar 2022
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England captain Joe Root scored a century in the first innings of the second Test against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

This is the total 25th century of his Test career. In the first innings, Root scored 153 runs in 316 balls with the help of 14 fours. He is the batsman with the most Test runs since the beginning of the 2nd edition of the ICC World Test Championship.

Root has scored eight centuries in Tests since the start of 2021. He has become the only player to score more than 2,000 Test runs in this period. India’s Rishabh Pant is the second highest run-getter behind Root with 1,077 Test runs.

Root has scored his 14th century as a captain. In the first Test, he surpassed Alastair Cook, who had scored 12 centuries as captain.

Since January 1, 2021, Root has scored 2,061 runs in 19 Tests at an incredible average of 57.25.

He is 984 runs ahead of second-placed Pant (1,077). Pant is followed by Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne (1,068) and India’s Rohit Sharma (996) in this list.

In this period, Root has scored eight centuries. Karunaratne is the second-highest century batsman during this period with five centuries.

Root was the only player to score more than 1,000 Test runs in 2021. He concluded the last year with 1,708 runs in 15 Tests at an average of 61.00.

Root became the third-highest run-scorer in a calendar year, behind Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and Vivian Richards (1,710). He also has the joint third-highest number of centuries (6) in a calendar year (Tests).

Root holds the record for most Test centuries by an England captain in a calendar year (six in 2021). Interestingly, Graham Gooch (1990), Michael Atherton (1994) and Andrew Strauss (2009) scored four centuries each while leading England.

Root scored his 24th Test century in the first match of the series against West Indies. He surpassed Alastair Cook in the number of centuries by an England captain in Test cricket. He scored his 13th Test century (as captain).

Overall, Root has the second most Test centuries for England after Cook (33). He scored his 25th Test century in the second Test against West Indies.

Earlier this year, Root became the first England player to score 5,000 runs as captain in Test cricket. He broke the long-standing record of Cook, who had scored 4,844 runs while leading England.

Root is about to become the 14th in the world and the second England cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He will be the first active cricketer to do so.

Root could become the fastest England player to reach this feat. Cook had touched the 10,000-run mark in his 229th innings. Meanwhile, Root has so far scored 9,884 runs in 214 innings of the Test format.

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