Joe Root: The English captain has become the first England player to hit two centuries in a Test series in Sri Lanka.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing England’s tour of Sri Lanka in Galle, England captain Joe Root has followed his maiden double century in Asia with another century in the subsequent Test.
Resuming from his overnight score of 67*, Root didn’t the fall of two early wickets in the morning session today affect his run-scoring. Despite other English batsmen struggling against the left-arm spin of Lasith Embuldeniya, Root has so far successfully managed to combat the threat.
Continuing to lay emphasis on sweeps and reverse sweeps, the right-hand batsman taking calculated risks has worked tremendously well in his favour. In between the scoring shots, Root put on display a confident defensive game not hesitating in committing to his front-foot game.
With England losing four wickets for not too many runs, the 30-year old batsman has taken the onus upon himself to steer the English ship for the second consecutive time in the series.
It was on the third delivery of the 49th over that Root nudged a Dilruwan Perera delivery on the leg-side to run a single and reach the three-figure mark.
In what is his 19th Test century overall, fourth in Asia and third in Sri Lanka, it is worth mentioning that Root has become only the first English batsman to score two centuries in a Test series in Sri Lanka.
Twitter reactions on Joe Root:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 24, 2021
Back-to-back Test centuries for our skipper 👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 24, 2021
Joe Root now becomes the 12th batsman to register a century while appearing in his career’s 99th Test match.
Highest: 239 Ganguly, 236* Gavaskar, 202 Lara, 200* Laxman, 193 Tendulkar, 166 Mahela, 148 M Clarke.
Previous highest for England: 62 by Kevin Pietersen#SLvsENG2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 24, 2021
Test century No.1⃣9⃣ for the England skipper, his fourth against Sri Lanka!
— ICC (@ICC) January 24, 2021
Superb hundred for Root. 19th in Test cricket. First time he’s made centuries in consecutive matches. 2021 off to a flyer
— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) January 24, 2021
Root batting in Sri Lanka like Lara did in 2001 – Lara’s scores were 178, 40, 74. 45, 221, 130
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) January 24, 2021
First time Joe Root’s made hundreds in successive Tests, and the first time he’s made two in a series since the 2015 Ashes
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) January 24, 2021
Brilliant from Joe Root. Century number 19 scored at a 71 strike rate. Hit a switch hit like a loon, too.
First time he’s scored hundreds in back-to-back Tests #SLvEng
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) January 24, 2021
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