English captain Joe Root achieved a number of feats during his unbeaten innings of 180* at the Lord’s. With his 22nd Test ton, the Yorkshireman went past former skipper Andrew Strauss to reach the joint third position. Beside him are Ian Bell, Geoffrey Boycott, Colin Cowdrey and Walter Hammond while Kevin Peterson (23) is just one ahead. On top of the list sits captain and opener, Sir Alastair Cook with 33 Test centuries to his name.
The 30-year-old has also become the fastest Englishman to amass 9000 runs in the longest format of the game. He left behind Sir Alastair Cook, who took 204 innings to scale Mt. 9000, while Root did so in just his 197th outing. He is now the second highest run-getter in tests, after Cook, for his country with his classy innings. He is just behind Cook again, for the most amount of tons as a captain with 11, against Cook’s 12.
Root recently went past Graham Gooch to become the highest ranked run maker for the English side in all of international cricket. Not only that, he is also the only English captain with six instances of 150+ scores in Test cricket. With his 7th century against India, Root also sits joint second for most number of centuries against the subcontinent side.
The current calendar year has been a purple patch for Joe Root as he is making tons for fun. He already has as many as five centuries in 2021, with two of them being double centuries against Sri Lanka in Galle and India in Chennai. Although he did fail to produce a remarkable innings in five tests against India and New Zealand, he has made a strong comeback. His 321-ball 180* has once again helped England recover from a difficult and dangerous situation.