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Australia vs England: Joe Root joins elite group with 1,600 Test runs in calendar year | Cricket News

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ADELAIDE: Joe Root on Saturday turned simply the fourth participant in historical past to chalk up 1,600 Check runs in a calendar yr — and the primary since 2008 — however a maiden century in Australia once more eluded him.
The England captain has been in good kind in 2021, arriving for the Ashes with 1,455 runs from 12 Assessments, together with six centuries, at a mean of 66.13.
However the 30-year-old has by no means fared properly on Australian soil.
He got here near a maiden century within the nation within the first Check at Brisbane, making 89, and seemed in good nick on the day-night second Check in Adelaide earlier than he edged Cameron Inexperienced to Steve Smith at slip to fall for 62.
Root nonetheless wrote one other chapter to his unimaginable season, becoming a member of an elite few to make 1,600 Check runs in a calendar yr.
Solely Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 runs in 2006), West Indian legend Viv Richards (1,710 runs in 1976) and former South African captain Graeme Smith (1,656 in 2008) have made extra.
Root is at the moment on 1,606 with a second innings in Adelaide after which the third Check at Melbourne nonetheless to come back this yr.
The Yorkshireman admitted earlier than leaving for Australia that he had been “determined” to reach a rustic the place he had managed a mere 570 runs, with out a hundred, at a mean of 38, forward of the present tour.
“I believe I in all probability needed it an excessive amount of, I used to be too determined, and it had in all probability a detrimental affect on the way in which I performed, I put an excessive amount of stress on myself,” he stated.

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