STATS: Joe Root equals Virender Sehwag's record

STATS: Joe Root equals Virender Sehwag's record

By: || Updated: 30 Dec 2015 06:13 AM
New Delhi: England’s Joe Root has had a phenomenal year with the bat. On Tuesday he scored 73 runs to help England build a decisive lead over South Africa in the first Test in Durban and take a firm grip on the last Test match of the year.

On a run-scoring spree, Root has created many records this year. His 73-run knock helped him equal Virender Sehwag’s record of 13 scores of 50 or more in a calendar year. In 2015, former India opener Sehwag toppled the legendary West Indian maestro Vivian Richards record of 12 half-centuries. Sehwag did it in 14 Test matches and Root also took 14 Tests to hit 13 half-centuries. Sehwag, however, hit five centuries while Root has only three tons.

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With this half-century, Root’s tally in 2015 reached 1385 runs which he scored at an average of 60.21. He has overtaken his captain Alastair Cook as England’s top-scorer this year. Cook has 1364 runs from 26 innings of 14 matches scored at an average of 54.56 with the help of three centuries and eight half-centuries. Among England batsmen, only Michael Vaughan (1481 runs, 2002) and Dennis Amiss (1379, 1974) have scored more runs in a year.

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Root has also become the second-highest run-scorer in Tests in 2015. Australia captain Steven Smith with 1481 runs is the highest scorer.

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Root is third in the list of batsmen with most international runs this year. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson tops the list with 2633 runs.

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Root, however, became England’s highest run-scorer in international cricket in a calendar year. With 2228 runs in international cricket in 2015, he has beaten Kevin Pietersen's 2120 runs in 2006. Root's 1352 Test runs in 2015 batting at No. 4 or lower are also the highest by an England batsman in a year batting outside the top 3. He went past Kevin Pietersen's tally of 1343 runs in 2006.

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