Root took a single Washington Sundar spinner to complete his 20th Tonne Test and lifted his bat in an applauding England dressing room in Chennai.
The fit batsman – who made his Test debut in India in 2012 and plays after winning 228 and 186 hits in Sri Lanka – swept the Indian spinners around the stadium as he reached the benchmark in 164 balls .
Three hundred in three consecutive tests for Joe Root, in 2021: 💥 228 against Sri Lanka💥 186 against Sri Lanka💥 100 * against Indi… https://t.co/7zrWrplC54
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He joined the great English Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart to get a hundred in their 100th test.
Root, however, is the first to score a century in his 98th, 99th and 100th tests.
Root, 30, who has scored over 8,000 points at an average of over 49, is the 15th England player in 144 years of testing cricket to have appeared in around 100 matches.