England’s leader, Joe Root has continued his majesty in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka as he has surpassed Kevin Pieterson to become the fourth-highest run-getter in the red-ball cricket format.
Root’s dominancy over the spinners ain’t hidden as he has smashed two back-to-back tons as his unbeaten 186 came in the second test helping the visitors to reach 339 losing 9 men at stumps on Sunday, day three.
Notably, it was his 19th red-ball century. The magical batter has passed 8,200 runs playing his 99th Test match. Currently, the player has 8,238 runs – also surpassing England’s David Gower by seven runs.
Joe Root becomes England’s fourth-highest run-getter in Tests
Here is the list of England’s leading run-scorers:
Alastair Cook: 12,472
Graham Gooch: 8,900
Alec Stewart: 8,463
Joe Root: 8,238
David Gower: 8,231
Other than that, Root is now the only test skipper to have the most number of hundreds against Sri Lanka at the island country. Let’s have a look at the top three:
Most test hundreds as Captain against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka:
1. Joe Root
2. Stephen Fleming
3. Virat Kohli