Headingley [UK], August 26 (ANI): England skipper Joe Root brought up his 23rd Test century on Thursday here at Headingley, Leeds.
Root achieved the feat against India in the ongoing Day 2 of the third Test. The right-handed batsman reached the landmark in the 104th over of the innings.
In 2021, Root has so far registered six 100 plus scores and two double centuries and he has also equalled England's record for the most Test hundreds recorded in a single calendar year.
Earlier, Dennis Compton (1947) and Michael Vaughan (2002) had registered six 100s in a single calendar year.
Earlier, Root and Dawid Malan were in firm control as England piled on further pressure on India in the second session. Resuming at 182/2, Root and Malan carried on from where they left off and both batsmen scored runs at a brisk pace. Root made the most of his form and he brought up his half-century off just 57 balls in the 82nd over of the innings. Malan followed his skipper as he also brought up his half-century in the 86th over of the innings and England maintained its firm grip in the match.
Malan and Root did not relent and they continued to pile on the pressure, ensuring England's lead goes past 200 and the hosts sit at the box seat from where they are able to control the game. However, on the final ball of the second session, Malan (70) got strangled down the leg-side and he lost his wicket to Mohammed Siraj.
Earlier, India might have picked the wickets of England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed on the second morning but the hosts remained miles ahead in the game thanks to a splendid bowling effort from James Anderson and boys on the first day. Resuming at 120/0, Burns and Hameed added 15 more runs to the total before Mohammed Shami sent Burns (61) back to the pavilion, bringing Dawid Malan to the crease.
While Malan did hit boundaries, Hameed found it tough in the middle and the Indians were able to dry the runs up considerably. Both batsmen put together 24 runs for the second wicket, but the stand came to an end on the final ball of the 63rd over as Ravindra Jadeja bowled Hameed (68), reducing England to 159/2. Skipper Root along with Malan ensured that England did not suffer more hiccups and the hosts entered the interval with eight wickets in hand.
On the opening day, India was bowled out for 78 as no batsman was able to stay at the crease for a long haul. For England, James Anderson and Craig Overton returned with three wickets each. (ANI)