Joe Root’s special stats on his 100th test

As host India and English visitors began the crucial four-game test series with the Chennai test, England test captain Joe Root started this test series in a terrific way.

The opening of the Test Series is the 100th Test match for England Test captain Joe Root. His first-class bat in both innings, especially in the opening innings of this test, played a huge role for the visitors in providing them with a good start in this difficult test series.

Joe Root’s best stats from Test Series opener against India in Chennai

I) Joe Root became the 15th English player to take part in 100 test matches.

Joe Root (Credits: Action footage via Reuters / Carl Recine)

ii) England Test captain Joe Root scored 218 points in the opening innings of his 100th Test match.

Joe Root, statistics, record, 100th test, Chennai test
Joe Root (Image credit: Twitter)

– Statistics for the 100th test match

  • Root became the first batsman to score a double century in the 100th test match. Former Pakistani cricketer was best innings record in 100th test match Inzamam-ul-Haq against India in Bengaluru in March 2005.
  • Root became the third English cricketer to score a century in the 100th test match. The first two English cricketers on this list were Sir Colin Cowdrey (104 v Australia at Edgbaston in July 1968) and Alec Stewart (105 v West Indies at Old Trafford in August 2000).
  • Root became the ninth cricketer to score a century in the 100th test match.
Player (team) Races Opposition Location Year
Sir Colin Cowdrey (England) 104 Australia Birmingham 1968
Javed Miandad (Pakistan) 145 India Lahore 1989
Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) 149 England St. John’s 1990
Alec Stewart (England) 105 West Indies Manchester 2000
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 184 India Bengaluru 2005
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 120 and 143 * South Africa Sydney 2006
Graeme Smith (South Africa) 131 England London (the Oval) 2012
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 134 Sri Lanka Johannesburg 2017
Joe Root (England) 218 India Chennai 2021

– Statistics as captain

  • Root became the second England test captain to score a double century against India. The record is 333 by Graham Gooch at Lord’s in 1990.
  • Root also became the second visiting captain to score a double century test in India.. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd was the first visiting Test captain to strike a double century in India as he scored 242 points in the Mumbai test in 1975.
  • Furthermore, the 218 move was the third highest individual score for an England test captain at away venues (the opposition’s only home).. Root also holds the top two records with 228 (against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2021) and 226 (against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2019).
  • Root marked his third double century as a test captain and he scored all of those points outside of England. Equal to former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming’s record, Root became the second most double centurion as a test captain outside of national soil. Former South African captain Graeme Smith holds this record with 4 double centuries tests as a captain outside national soil.

– Statistics as a player

  • This is the highest individual score (218) for an English batsman in a test round in India.. While Root became the third English batsman to achieve a double century test in India, the other two cricketers were Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) both in Chennai in 1985.

iii) In his 100th Test Match, Joe Root scored a total of 258 points. After scoring 240 points in the first innings, Root scored 40 points in his team’s second inning.

Joe Root, statistics, record, 100th test, Chennai test
Joe Root (Image credit: Twitter)

– Statistics for the 100th test match

  • This is the second highest overall score for a batsman in his 100th test match.. The record is 263 (120 and 143 *) by former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting against South Africa in Sydney in January 2006.

– Statistics as captain

  • The 258 tracks were the seconds-the highest overall score (258) for a visiting test captain in India. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd is the record holder on this list with 279 races (242 * and 37) at Mumbai in 1975.
  • It was the fourth highest overall score (258) for an English test captain.
Player Races (Bat 1 + Bat 2) Opposition Location Year
Graham Gooch 456 (333 + 123) India Lord 1990
Peter May 315 (30 + 285 *) West Indies Birmingham 1957
Alastair Cook 263 (263 + DNB) Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2015
Joe root 258 (218 + 40) India Chennai 2021
Wally hammond 242 (240 + 2) Australia Lord 1938

– Statistics as a player

  • It was the third highest overall score (258) for an English batsman in a test match against India. The first two records on this list are 456 (333 + 123) by Graham Gooch (at Lord’s in 1990) and 294 (294) by Alastair Cook (at Birmingham in 2011).

iv) At the end of this match, Joe Root scored 8,507 tries. He is now the third best goalscorer in England tests. The first two names on this list are Alastair Cook (12,472 tracks) and Graham Gooch (8,900 tracks).

Joe Root, statistics, record, 100th test, Chennai test
Joe Root (Image credit: Twitter)

v) Joe Root has scored 6768 away international points (the opposition’s only home). Surpass Alastair Cook (6613 tracks), Root becomes England’s top international scorer on away venues.

vi) Joe Root scored 3913 tries as captain. Passing Mike Atherton (3815 races), Root became England’s second-highest scorer as test captain. Alastair Cook holds this record with 4,844 races as test captain.

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