Joe Root becomes seventh England batsman to score 8,000 runs in Test cricket

Playing in his 98th Test for England, Joe Root continued his overnight innings on day three and added another feather to his cap.

Published: 16th January 2021 02:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2021 02:50 PM   |  A+A-

England skipper Joe Root

England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)


LONDON: Skipper Joe Root on Saturday completed 8,000 runs in Test cricket and became the seventh England batsman to achieve the feat.

The right-handed batsman reached the milestone-mark in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium.

Playing in his 98th Test for England, Root continued his overnight innings on day three and added another feather to his cap.

On Friday, Root smashed his 18th century to give the visitors the upper hand in the match after bundling Sri Lanka out for 135 in the first innings.

Currently, England's lead is over 200 runs and the skipper is looking to increase it after smashing his fourth double ton.

Earlier, resuming the innings at 127/2 on day two, England had a poor start as Jonny Bairstow was sent back by Lasith Embuldeniya in the second over of the day. Captain Root was then joined by Dan Lawrence.

The duo played brilliantly and took the team over the 200-run mark, with Root completing his 18th Test century. Soon after that, Lawrence scored his fifty as England grew in confidence against a home-team attack that lacked bite. The duo stitched a 173-run partnership before Dilruwan Perera removed Lawrence (73).

Jos Buttler then came out to bat, however, a few overs later, rain hampered the game. Due to persistent rain, the play did not resume and England were at 320/4 at the end of play on day two.


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