With his 13th run on day 2 of the Lord’s Test against In the, on Friday, England captain Joe Root has passed former batsman Graham Gooch’s 8900 Test run and is now his country’s second leading scorer in Test cricket.
Only Alastair Cook, with 12,472 Test runs, is ahead of him. Gooch and Cook in particular have a lower average, 42.58 and 45.35, respectively, than Joe Root’s current average, which closes 50. In fact, he has a better average than England’s top 10 scorers, more than even those who have played fewer games than him.
Given his age, form and the large number of Tests England are playing, the Yorkshireman is named — and most likely he — will break Cook’s record and become England’s leading Test runner.
Also not to forget, Joe Root is already England’s leading scorer in international cricket Test, one – day match and T20I along with more than 15900 runs. He scored a total of 37 centuries – 21 in Tests and 16 in ODIs. Although he got rid of the T20I plans, the right-hander remains an important member of Eoin Morgan’s one-day game.
Joe Root continues his fantastic 2021:
2021 and the start of 2022 is arguably the most important career of Joe Root’s Test captaincy. England have been successful so far, but that was all on the back of Joe Root.
He swept and swept after 426 runs in 2 Tests on the Sri Lanka runways, leading England to a 2-0 victory, and his superior form in the first Chennai Test against India with another double century- in his 100th Test-continued.
However, his own runs dropped – from double hundreds and hundreds – and so did the winning ways of his team. England lost the second Chennai Test and both Tests in Ahmedabad, before losing 1-0 at home in a 2-Test series against New Zealand – their first series loss at home in seven years.
It was once again Joe Root, also this time in the absence of Ben Stokes, who carried his team’s batting against India in Nottingham with a fifty and which was perhaps his best home century in the second innings. He has the same job at Lord’s as well.
After the series in India, the three lions travel to Australia for an Ash series, which is also planned for December-January.