4 instances of significant ‘batting contribution’ by No 11 batsman in Test matches - Cricfit
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4 instances of significant ‘batting contribution’ by No 11 batsman in Test matches

3. 81 runs by James Anderson for England in July 2014

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The first Test of the five-match Pataudi Cup between India and England was played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, between 9th July, 2014 and 13th July, 2014.

India, under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, won the toss and elected to bat.With a century from the opener, Murali Vijay (146 runs, 361 deliveries, 25*4, 1*6), 82 runs scored in 152 deliveries with 7 fours by Dhoni and a 19-ball 58 runs (5*4) by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, India folded up their first innings with 457 runs on the board.

England had a shaky start and stood at 172 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.Joe Root took over and tried to steady the innings but kept on losing partners at the other end. With a 78-run partnership with Stuart Broad (47 runs, 42 deliveries, 9*4), Root took the team score to 298 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. They were still trailing by 159 runs.

At this juncture, the No 11 batsman, James Anderson , walked to the middle to join Joe Root.None of the Indian bowlers seem to trouble the duo, more so Andersen. The 10th wicket partnership yielded a world record 198 runs. England eventually went on take a 39-run lead in the first innings.

Joe Root remained unbeaten on 154 runs off 295 deliveries with 15 fours. Andersen had scored 81 runs, batting for 230 minutes facing 130 deliveries with 17 hits to the fence. This is his personal best in Tests, thus far and the third highest by a No 11 batsman.

The weather-interrupted match, however, remained inconclusive. James Andersen was adjudged the Player of the match.

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