Joe Root had made his Test debut for England against India in Nagpur in 2012 and played his 50th match against the same opposition in Vizag just 4 years later.
Joe Root has a terrific batting record against India in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)
- Joe Root is going to become the 15th Englishman to play 100 Tests
- Root has played 16 Tests so far against India and amassed 1421 runs at an average of 56.84
- Root is 3rd on the list of English batsmen with the most Test runs vs India in this century
England captain Joe Root is set to add another feather to his cap as he gets ready to play his 100th Test match for his country in the upcoming match against India in Chennai on February 5.
Incidentally, Root had made his Test debut against India in Nagpur in 2012 and played his 50th match against the same opposition in Vizag just 4 years later.
Root is the 15th-most capped player for England. Former England captain Alastair Cook leads the pack with 161 Tests followed by veteran fast bowler James Anderson (157), Stuart Broad (144), Alec Stewart (133) and Ian Bell (118) complete the top-5.
“It’s great to come full circle and be back here [in India]. The way it started on that first tour in 2012, it was a real eye-opener for me, learning to play spin, playing with some great players and strong opposition.
“To come back to Chennai and play my 100th Test is very special. I can’t wait,” Root told The Hindu.
Root has played 16 Tests so far against India and amassed 1421 runs at an average of 56.84 with 4 hundreds and 9 fifties. He is third on the list of English batsmen with the most Test runs against India in this century behind Cook (1235 at 51.45) and Kevin Pietersen (703 at 43.93).
When Root takes the field at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Friday, he will be on level with England assistant coach Graham Thorpe and ex-skipper Andrew Strauss on 100 Tests. Thorpe was also the batting coach on Root’s maiden Test tour to India and is essaying that role once again in this series.
“To play 100 Test matches is no mean feat. Joe and his family will be very proud,” said Thorpe, himself one of 14 England cricketers in this elite club andthe national team’s assistant coach and batting lead on tour.
“It is a real achievement because of the longevity of it. You need a good sense of humour to play that amount of cricket, because you will experience highs but there will be some moments in there where you have your lows.
“You have to show a bit of character and resilience, keep adapting and sometimes you will have to tinker with your technique, and you have to manage all of that,” Thorpe said.