Joe Root: The English captain has scored his fifth Test century of the year 2021 to comfortably outscore his teammates.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England at Lord’s, England captain Joe Root followed his 21st Test century by another one in the next match to leave the opposition clueless as far as dismissing him is concerned.
Resuming from his overnight score of 48*, it was only in the second over today that Root hit a boundary off India pacer Mohammed Siraj to complete his half-century.
Playing in his quintessential risk-free fashion, Root continued to pile on the agony on the Indians in a 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket alongside Jonny Bairstow (57) as England scored 98 runs in the morning session without losing a wicket.
While Bairstow found boundaries with relatable ease, Root was busy running between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking. Having scored just nine boundaries before completing his century in the afternoon session, it was on the third delivery of the 82nd over when Root sneaked a run off Jasprit Bumrah to reach the three-figure mark.
Root, who has scored three times the runs than any other English Test batsman in the last one year, once again led from the front to score his 13th Test century at home, 11th as captain, 13th at No. 4, seventh against India and fourth at this venue.
Other than receiving accolades from fans and experts, Root was also cheered wife Carrie Cotterell after achieving yet another milestone at the iconic venue.
Joe Root scored 22nd Test century at Lord’s
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 14, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2021
— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) August 14, 2021
Rooooooot !! Back to back 💯 @root66 👏👏
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 14, 2021
Wow Joe Root. Another century. What a batsman. Well played lad. #ENGvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) August 14, 2021
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