England Captain Joe Root on Sunday achieved a glorious feat as he became the fourth highest run scorer for England in Test Cricket. The batsman achieved this feat in the ongoing second Test Match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium.
Playing in his 99th Test match for England Joe Root continued his outstanding form & in just one innings he went up from Seventh to fourth spot among England’s top test run scorers to register another feat on his name. After scoring 8,238 test runs in 180 innings, Joe Root is now behind Alec Stewart, Graham Gooch, and former skipper Alastair Cook, who is the leading run-scorer for England in Tests.
On Day 3 of the second test, Joe Root’s knock of 186 runs helped England to stay in chase against Sri Lanka in the game. Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler praised Joe Root for his outstanding knock against Sri Lanka.
“Yeah, quite an amazing innings by Root, to back up his double hundred in the first Test with a 186-run knock, both physically and the mental application was there to be seen,” said Butler during a virtual press conference shared by ECB after stumps on day three.
“It has been a master class on batting against spin, it has been an education for all of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”
At Stumps on Day 3, England’s score were 339/9 still trailing Sri Lanka by 42 runs. Out of nine wickets fall of England, seven were taken by Lasith Embuldeniya. He picked up wickets of Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Sam Curran Dominic Bess, and Mark Wood.