India vs England 2nd test, day 3: Joe Root hasn’t peaked

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India vs England 2nd test, day 3: England captain Joe Root can excel despite his excellent form, said teammate Johnny Bairstow.

India vs England 2nd test, day 3: Joe Root hasn't peaked
India vs England 2nd test, day 3: Joe Root hasn’t peaked

Root scored an impressive 180 not out on the third day of the second Test against India at Lord’s, his second century in eight days.

This will be his fifth Test century in 2021. Only Denise Compton and Michael Vaughan have scored six runs a year for England.

“He’s only 30 years old. He’s still coming to his peak,” Bairstow told BBC Sport.

“It’s really exciting and it’s great for English cricket to see how far he can go.”

Root’s excellent innings was 391 all out to England – 27 lead – with two days left the game turned out superbly.

He was only denied the chance to become the first England player to score three double centuries in a calendar year as he went without partners.

When asked what the root meant for the England team, Bairstow said: “He’s very heck like English cricket.”

How well did Root bat?

“He looked brilliant from the start,” former England batsman Mark Ramprakash told the GTmedia Test Match Special. “He’s a great player. He’s just moved on from Trent Bridge.

“He’s in exceptional form. He seems to have mentally added an element to his game, where he has become really brutal.”

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew described Route 180 as “an excellent, well-controlled innings” with “a slap on the back from some Indians.”

TMS commentator Simon Mann said: “This is a master class. It’s another wonderful show on Saturday afternoon.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “It’s about Joe Root once again. What year was he?”

But perhaps former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta sums it up better: “He’s irreversible.”

Root milestones


Root has collected many milestones in this game …

  • He surpassed Graham Gooch’s record of 8,900 Test runs, second only to Alastair Cook’s 12,472 on England all – time list.
  • At 30 years 227 days old, Cook became the second-youngest player to score 9,000 Test runs.
  • He scored his 22nd Test century. Only Cook (33) and Kevin Pietersen (23) have represented England.
  • He scored his 11th score of 150, a joint top with Cook among England batsmen.
  • He passed 150 for the fourth time in 2021, second only to Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan in a calendar year.

‘A one-man army’

Root’s sublime innings were applauded all around the globe.

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