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Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root

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The last time Joe Root scored a century in test cricket before his match-winning 228 against Sri Lanka, it was in November 2019 against New Zealand.

Accepted that 2020 did not see a lot of test cricket due to the COVID-19 pandemic but technically, Root had gone an entire year without scoring a century which is not befitting of a batsman still deemed to be part of the Fab Four.

The good thing for Root though is that both times he went past a century, the England captain converted it into really big ones.

His 228 against Sri Lanka in the first test match gave England a huge lead in the first innings, which ultimately resulted in their seven-wicket victory. Root batted at a strike rate of over 70 and struck 18 fours and one six in his knock while lasting for 321 deliveries.

In the process, Root also became the second quickest England batsman to reach 8,000 test runs. He achieved the feat from 178 innings while Kevin Pietersen had got there in 176.

Among the seven England batsmen to have scored more than 8000 test runs, Joe Root's average is the best.

There had been a lot of chatter about Root's lack of runs but the batsman finally came good at the right time. Looks like the double ton has set him on the path to play many more such big knocks in the recent future.

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