Joe Root at the Ashes
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England finished the third day of the first test match of the Ashes with 220 runs losing only 2 wickets. Joe Root was unbeaten with 87 runs and David Malan scored 80 runs.

England made 220 for two in the second innings of the Gabba Test. Joe Root and Malan have 10 fours each. Root played 156 balls and Malan 177 balls. Earlier, Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for 26 and Rory Burns for 13. England is still behind by 56 runs after the third day of the test.

Earlier, Australia’s innings stopped at 425 runs. Travis Head of Australia was outstanding in that match. He scored his century only in 85 balls. He finished the second day with 112 runs off 95 balls. Mitchell Starc was unbeaten on 10 runs with him. At the end of the match, Head scored 152 and Starc 35 runs.

Joe Root broke the country’s 19-year record in cricket. English captain Root holds the record for most runs scored in a calendar year for England. The number of runs on the route in 2021 is 1541. Earlier, Michael Vaughan had scored the most runs in a calendar year in 2002. His run was 1461.

In 2021, Root has scored 1541 runs in 13 matches of 25 innings with six centuries and two fifties. The English batsman is the eighth batsman in the world to score 1500 or more runs in a year. Meanwhile, former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to score 1500+ runs in two different years. Earlier in 2016, Johnny Bairstow came very close to Von’s record. Bairstow scored 1460 runs that year.

Not only that, the English captain has a chance to set a world record for the highest run in a calendar year. Which is in the possession of former Pakistan star batsman Mohammad Yousuf. In 2006, Mohammad Yousuf scored 18 runs in 9 innings and 3 fifties in 19 innings of 11 innings.

Will his record be enough to win the first innings for England? We will know that in a short time. Before then, catch all the live actions of Ashes on your TV.

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