New Delhi: England captain Joe Root marked his 20th century test on Friday on the first day of the first test played against India in Chennai. Root came to bat after falling two wickets in 63 races and laid the groundwork for a great partnership with opener Dom Sibley. It was Root’s 100th test. Root, who marked a century in his 100th Test, became England’s third batsman.
Racine the third English drummer after Cowdrey and Stewart
Root (Joe Root) is the third batsman to score a century in his 100th Test for England. This was done by Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart before the course. The special thing is that Root made his Test debut against India in 2012 and now he has also played his 100th Test against India.
9th drummer in the world
Root (Joe Root) is the 9th player in the world to score a century on his 100th Test. Besides Root, Cowdrey and Stewart, the drummers who achieved this feat are Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla. No one has yet reached this record in India.
Bridging the only player to score a century in both sets
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the only player to score a century in both rounds of his 100th Test and Root will be hoping to match Ponting in that regard. But more than that, they would like to play in the first sets and keep a good score in front of India. At the end of the first day of play, England’s score stands at 263 points for 3 wickets. Routes are marked at the fold by completing 128 races.