TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Joe Root takes his tally this year to 684 runs – more than double any other player has accumulated
- Joe Root added 40 runs in the second innings against India to reach the figure
- The England captain now has 8507 test runs, the sixth most after 100 matches
- Ishant Sharma is only the sixth Indian bowler to reach 300 test wickets
Joe Root added another 40 runs in the second innings to take his tally this year to 684, more than double that of any other player.
Only six batsmen have scored more in a three-Test span — compatriot Wally Hammond leads the way with a staggering 779 runs across three matches in the 1928-29 Ashes.
Root now has 8,507 Test runs, the sixth-most after 100 matches behind Brian Lara (8,916), Kumar Sangakkara (8,651), Younis Khan (8,640), Rahul Dravid (8,553) and Matthew Hayden (8,508).
Joe Root’s 40 runs in the second innings against India have taken his tally to 684 this year
Ishant Sharma has reached 300 test wickets for India, however it took him 98 tests to do so
Ravi Ashwin is the first spinner for 114 years to take a wicket with the first ball of a Test innings, having Rory Burns caught at slip. The last to do so was South Africa leggie Bert Vogler, who trapped England’s Tom Hayward lbw at the Oval in 1907 with the game’s first ball.
Ishant Sharma removed Dan Lawrence to become the sixth India bowler to reach 300 Test wickets and the slowest of any nationality to hit the milestone, coming in his 98th Test. The seamer ‘beat’ the mark set by former New Zealand off-spinner Daniel Vettori, who got to 300 in his 94th Test.
Burns’s golden duck set Ashwin on his way to a 15th six-wicket haul in Tests. He now has 386 wickets in 75 Test matches — only Muttiah Muralitharan (420) took more wickets at that stage of a career.