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Joe Root becomes 15th cricketer from England to play 100 Tests

February 5, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

England skipper Joe Root has now become the 15th Englishman to play 100 Tests as England faces India in the first test match at Chennai. Root is now the 68th player in the sport's history to achieve this mark. Surprisingly, in 2012, Joe Root made his Test debut in India against the Men in Blue. The batsman has scored 8,249 runs in Test cricket at an impressive average of 49.39. This also includes 19 centuries and 49 fifties.

Root has always been the mainstay of the England cricket team for the last eight years. The 30-year-old has been in excellent form, slamming back-to-back centuries in Sri Lanka. Acknowledged as one of the finest batsmen in the world, Joe Root averages more than 54 in Asia.

Root also surpassed David Gower to go forth on the elite list of his country's all-time Test run-scorers. He is only behind Alastair Cook (12,472 runs), Graham Gooch (8,900 runs), and Alec Stewart (8,463 runs). The English captain has the lowest number of games among the top-10 run-scorers for England in Tests.

Joe Root becomes fourth-highest run-scorer for England in Tests

The right-handed batsman is also the fourth on the list of England's all-time leading run-getters in Tests. In his debut series, England recorded a remarkable 2-1 victory against India. This was the first Test series win in 28 years on Indian soil. Root played a brilliant inning of 73 runs in his maiden game in Nagpur. Now, the England skipper is determined to become the fourth England captain after Tony Greig, David Gower, and Alastair Cook to win a Test series on Indian soil.

Root was handed over the English Test team's captaincy in 2017 and has led the side in 46 matches since. He won 25 games and lost 15, while six have resulted in a draw. Root has the best winning percentage of 54.34 among eight other cricketers who led the side. Alastair Cook has featured in the most number of Tests for England as captain (59).

England will face the Indian cricket team in four Tests, five T20Is, and three ODIs. While the first two Tests take place in Chennai, the remaining two are going to be at the renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth