England become first team to score half-a-million Test runs
England have become the first team in the cricket world to score 500,000 runs in Test cricket. They reached into the milestone during the ongoing fourth and final Test against South Africa at The Wanderers.
Captain Joe Root’s single through the covers took England to the historic landmark. England achieved the feat in their 1022nd Test match. Australia follow England at the second place in the list, with 432,706 runs in 830 Tests.
India, meanwhile, are third, with 273,518 runs in 540 Test matches and West Indies are in fourth place with 70,441 runs in 545 Tests.
England faced a major blow in the beginning of the Test match finding premier pacer Jofra Archer being forced to ruled out of play with elbow soreness.
Root won the toss and opted to bat first at the Wanderers. At stumps of day one when bad light forced the play to stop, England, in their first innings, scored 192 for 4. Root with 25 not out in accompany with Ollie Pope (22 not out) rescued England after they slumped to 157-4 despite having a first wicket stand of 107.
After falling six runs short of a fifty at St George’s Park, Zak Crawley made no mistake in Johannesburg and scored his first half-century for the country. The innings featured 11 boundaries. Meanwhile Joe Root surpassed 7,500 Test runs in his unbeaten innings so far.
In the third Test played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, England had become the first team to play 500 Test matches on foreign soil. Australia are the second team to play the most away Test with 404 matches they have played so far.
India have played 268 Tests on foreign soil in which they have won 51, lost 113 and 104 have ended in a draw.
England have already took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series.