Highest 7th wicket partnership: The English pair still has a lot of runs to score in order to register a world-record stand.
England batter Jonny Bairstow and debutant pacer Jamie Overton have entered the record books on the back of their unbeaten 209-run seventh-wicket partnership on the second day of the third Test against New Zealand in Leeds today.
Brought together at the crease by a terrible display of batting in the afternoon session, Bairstow and Overton rescued England from 55/6 to end the day at 264/6 in 49 overs.
In complete tatters at one point in time today, England not only managed to avoid the follow-on but now also stand a chance to gain a first-innings lead at the Headingley tomorrow.
The fact that Bairstow and Overton consumed only 223 deliveries to score the number of runs they scored is a primary reason why England have been able to stage yet another dramatic comeback in this series.
Bairstow, who brought up a 10th Test century before Stumps, walked back to the pavilion after scoring 130* (126) with the help of 21 fours at a strike rate of 103.17.
Overton, on the other hand, is on the brink of a maiden century in his first-ever international match. In spite of not having a batting reputation unlike his twin brother Craig, Overton batted splendidly well to score 89* (106) including 12 fours and two sixes.
Highest 7th wicket partnership in Test cricket
|Denis Atkinson & Clairmonte Depeiaza||347||West Indies||Australia||Kensington Oval||1955|
|Waqar Hasan & Imtiaz Ahmed||308||Pakistan||New Zealand||Bagh-e-Jinnah||1955|
|Shane Dowrich & Jason Holder||295||West Indies||England||Kensington Oval||2019|
|Rohit Sharma & Ravichandran Ashwin||280||India||West Indies||Eden Gardens||2013|
|BJ Watling & Mitchell Santner||261||New Zealand||England||Bay Oval||2019|
Readers must note that Bairstow and Overton’s 209-run seventh-wicket partnership is the highest seventh-wicket partnership among England batters.
Stumps on day two!
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In what is the 16th highest seventh-wicket partnership overall, the two right-handed batters will have a lot of runs on Day 3 if they are to dominate the aforementioned list.
UPDATE: Bairstow and Oveton’s 241-run seventh-wicket partnership is the ninth-highest seventh-wicket partnership in Test cricket.