The England team is currently on a tour of New Zealand to play a two-match Test series. England has won the first match of the series by 267 runs. The second and final match between the two teams begins on Friday (December 24) in Wellington. New Zealand got off to a good start on the first day. But Joe Root and Harry Brook ended the day well for England. Joe Root completes his own century and also holds a unique record to his name.
Joe Root is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of England cricket team. He has played 128 Tests for England so far and will play his 29th Test on Friday. Joe Root scored a century in the first innings of this 29th Test match of his career. On the first day, England batted first after losing the toss. England lost the first three wickets when the team’s score was just 21. But Joe Root and Harry Brooke () put on an unbeaten partnership of 294 runs for the fourth wicket. Root scored 101* and Brook 184* before the end of the day’s play, both remaining on the pitch.
Although Joe Root is one of England’s best Test batsmen, he scored his first century in eight months on Friday. With this century, he has equaled Australia’s greatest batsman Don Bradman. Root’s century on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand took his total number of Test centuries to 29. The legendary Bradman also has a total of 29 Test centuries to his name. Root, who made his Test debut in December 2012, has so far scored 10,801 Test runs. He has scored 56 fifties with 29 centuries in this format and averages 49.77.
Meanwhile, Joe Root’s crucial century came at a time when the team needed it most in this ongoing Test match in Wellington. After England’s top order was dismissed cheaply, Root and Brooke carried the England innings. Before the end of the first day’s play, England scored 315 for 3. The duo of Root and Brook will be back on the field to start the second day’s play. (Joe Root equaled Don Bradman’s record after scoring a century in the second Test against New Zealand)
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Among the active players who have scored the most centuries in international cricket, Virat remains at the top of Root’s position