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Joe Root Gets To Special Landmark On Day 1 Of Trent Bridge Test

Joe Root walked out to bat for England in the very first session of the day's play.

Joe Root 1st Test Trent Bridge
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England skipper Joe Root has registered a unique record in the game of cricket. He went past former England skipper Alastair Cook to become England’s highest run-scorer across formats. In the process, he went past names like Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan amongst others. At the start of his innings, Root needed 22 runs to surpass Cook’s tally of 15,737 international runs. 

Joe Root walked out to bat for England in the very first session of the day’s play. England lost the wicket of Rory Burns in the very first over when Jasprit Bumrah trapped him plumb. Zak Crawley was the next to go when a Virat Kohli took a review and it turned out to be lucky. 

Joe Root Surpasses Alastair Cook 

  • 15739 Joe Root (366 Inns)* 
  • 15737 Alastair Cook (387) 
  • 13779 Kevin Pietersen (340)
  •  13331 Ian Bell (370) 
  • 13190 Graham Gooch (337)

Crawley’s dismissal brought Joe Root to the wicket. He has looked solid since he walked out to bat. He went past Cook in the 33rd over of the England innings hitting Siraj for a boundary.

Root has scored 36 centuries and 89 half-centuries, in Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s combined, at an average of 48.65. He has a better average, overall, than Cook (42.88) and reached the feat in 366 innings as opposed to the southpaw’s tally of 387.

Joe Root, who is a regular in the red-ball and ODIs played his last T20I back in 2019. He has played 152 ODIs and is currently his 106th Test in Nottingham. The right-hander is 29th in the list of overall run-getters in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar leads the group, with a tally of 34,357 runs, followed by Kumar Sangakkara (28,016), Ricky Ponting (27,483), Mahela Jayawardena (25,957), and Jacques Kallis (25,534).

In Test cricket, Root is third on the list of highest run-getters for England in the format, behind Cook (12,472) and Gooch (8,900).

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