England’s Mr. consistent batsman Joe Root has completed landmark of 5000 Test runs during the first day of fourth Test against South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester. He has entered into the elite club of scoring fifties in ten consecutive matches.
England captain Root scored 52 runs off 102 balls with 6 fours in the first innings. It was his 30th half-century in Tests. He is the 15th England player to score 30 fifties. He was dismissed by Duanne Oliver after he reached fifty.
It was the tenth consecutive match that Root registered at least a half-century. It started from last year’s Dhaka Test against Bangladesh. He scored 56 runs in the first innings. In the India tour, he had scores of 124 (first Test, first innings), 53 (second Test, first innings), 78 (third Test, second innings), 77 (fourth Test, second innings), 88 (fifth Test, first innings).
In the ongoing South Africa series, he scored 190 runs in the first innings of the first Test which was his debut Test as captain. He scored 78 in the first innings of second Test and 50 in the second innings of third Test. His 52 in the Old Trafford Test made his streak reach ten matches.
Root is the eighth batsman to make 50+ scores in ten consecutive Tests. AB de Villiers had a streak of 12 Tests in 2012-14. Sir Viv Richards, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Mominul Haque had 11 each while John Edrich and Sachin Tendulkar scored 50+ scores in ten successive matches.
Before reaching his half-century, Root completed his landmark of 5000 runs in Test. He became the 22nd English player to join 5000 club and the 92nd overall. He has now 5006 runs in 57* matches (105 innings) including 12 centuries.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com