English captain Joe Root has scored a century on the third day of the second Test at Lord’s. This is Root’s second consecutive century in two innings in the series against India. His century has put England in a good position. Root, who scored an unbeaten 48 on the second day, completed his century in the second session of the third day of the game
A brilliant partnership between Root and Bairstow
Root teamed up with Jonny Bairstow to take over England’s innings after losing three wickets for 108. The two batsmen shared a brilliant 121-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The first session of the third day was crucial for both teams. The session was completely named after England due to Root and Bairstow. England was 97 for no loss in the session.
Root is now the joint highest international century scorer for England
Root, who scored his 22nd century in Test cricket, has scored a total of 38 centuries in his international career. He has become the joint-highest international century scorer for England with Alastair Cook.
Root has scored centuries in two consecutive innings for the first time in his Test career. Root has become the first English batsman to do so after centuries scored by Ian Bell in consecutive innings in the 2013 Ashes
Root becomes English captain with highest Test century in a calendar year
Root has become the third-highest Test century scorer for England combined. Kevin Pietersen (23) and Alastair Cook (33) have scored more Test centuries for England than him.
Root has scored his fifth century in Test cricket this year. He has become the English captain to score the most Test centuries in a calendar year. He has broken the records of Graham Gooch (4), Michael Atherton (4), and Andrew Strass (4).