Leeds: England Test captain Joe Root has been in sublime form as he piling plenty of runs in the ongoing series against India.
The 30-year-old Root has scored 1398 runs at a time when no other batsman in the world has even touched 750 runs. He has smashed three centuries in the first three Tests against India.
The right-hander has played 21 innings in 11 matches, scoring six hundreds and a half-century at a strike rate of 58. His highest score for the year so far is 228 runs against India in Chennai earlier this year.
Root has a maximum number of 11 innings left this year and has the chance to score the most Test runs in a year.
Currently, this record of most runs in Test cricket in a year is held by Pakistan’s great Mohammad Yousuf, who scored 1788 runs back in 2006 in 19 innings at an average of 99. He had hit 9 centuries and 3 half-centuries at the time.
Root is only 390 runs behind Mohammad Yousuf and considering his form, there is no reason to believe he cannot score the required runs
Root notched up his 39th ton for England and in the process also became the player to have scored the most international centuries for England across formats.
He went past Alastair Cook’s 38 hundred during his 23rd century in Tests. His 16 centuries in ODIs is already a record for the most hundreds by an England batsman in one-dayers.