TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Root could set record for most runs in a year

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Joe Root could set the world record for the most Test runs in a calendar year… while India bowler Jasprit Bumrah finally enjoys home comforts after 17 away matches

  • England closed on 263/3 after the first day of the Test against India in Chennai 
  • Captain Joe Root became the 14th Englishman to hit three Test centuries in a row
  • He could threaten Mohammad Yousuf’s world record number of runs in 2006 

Joe Root is the 14th Englishman to hit a century in three Tests in a row, following Alastair Cook (2011 and 2012), Ravi Bopara (2009), Andrew Strauss (2009), Ian Bell (2006), Graham Gooch (1990), Chris Broad (1986), Allan Lamb (1984).

Also on the list are Geoffrey Boycott (1971), Ken Barrington (1963, plus four in a row twice in 1961 and 1967-68), Denis Compton (1947), Wally Hammond (1928-29 and 1933), Herbert Sutcliffe (1930-31) and Jack Hobbs (1911-12 and 1924-25).

England captain Joe Root became the 14th Englishman to hit three successive Test centuries

The England captain has plundered 554 runs in 2021 at an average of 138.5, compared to 464 at 42.2 in 2020. 

With 14 Tests still to play this year, he is primed to challenge Michael Vaughan’s England record of 1,481 runs in 2002, while the world record — 1,788 by Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf in 2006 — should also be in his sights.

Root has passed 50 in all seven of his Tests in India, since making his debut as a 21-year-old No 6 at Nagpur in 2012. Only Pakistan’s Javed Miandad (eight) has had a longer streak.

Root became just the ninth batsman of all time to score a century in his 100th Test match

Root and Dom Sibley’s 200-run stand for the third wicket was the highest by a visiting pair in India since Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott put on 208 at Nagpur in December 2012.

India paceman Jasprit Bumrah finally played his first home Test after 17 away matches to start his career — tying Daren Ganga’s world record for the West Indies. 

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