With this ton, which is his 23rd in Test cricket, the 30-year-old went through a former batsman through former captain and opener Alastair Cook for most international centuries. Cook hit 38 hundreds, while Joe Root, who now includes his 16 one-day ton, has 39 international centuries.
Next on the list are former greats Kevin Pietersen (32), Graham Gooch (28) and Andrew Strauss (27).
The Yorkshireman also catches up with Test runs – after already passing Cook in the one-day match, Joe Root is less than 3500 runs behind the left hand and will probably surpass him and become England’s greatest Test batsman ever.
This is Joe Root’s sixth hat-trick of the year and third in three consecutive games in the series. With almost 1400 runs this year, he now includes Michael Vaughan’s record of most Test runs by an English batsman in a calendar year – the former captain scored 1481 runs in 2002.
England’s lead is over 300 with Joe Root’s century and three other fifties
Half a century from each of England’s top three Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, David Malan and the amazing ton of Joe Root, England’s lead has helped more than 300, and it would be fair to say that they are India out beat the match. . That after they took India out on day 1 for 78.
Burns and Hameed drew an open stand of 135 runs, which was broken by Mohammed Shami in the morning session with Burns’ wicket. Ravindra Jadeja was responsible for Hameed’s wicket before lunch. But, instead of succumbing to the pressure, Malan returned to the Test side after three years, and Root played their shots on a fairly flatter surface before firing his left hand on the final ball of the second session.
While India broke into the third session, the English captain continued to plunder runs before being thrown at 121 by Jasprit Bumrah.