Skipper Joe Root became the fourth highest points scorer for England in the longest form of the game on Sunday. The right-handed batsman achieved the feat in the running second test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium. While playing for England in his 99th Test, Root continued his gold patch, moving from seventh to fourth among England’s best test runs over the course of one innings to add one more feather to his cap. After scoring 8,238 test runs in 180 innings, Root is now behind Alec Stewart, Graham Gooch and former skipper Alastair Cook, who is the leading run-scorer for England in Tests.
On day three of the second Test, Root’s knock of 186 helped England stay on track against Sri Lanka in the match.
Wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler praised Root for his “masterclass” strike against spin in Sri Lanka.
“Yes, quite an astonishing innings by Root, to support his double hundred in the first Test with a 186 run knock, both physical and mental application was on display,” Buttler said during a virtual press conference shared by ECB after stumps on day three.
“It has been a masterclass on batting against spin, it has been training for all of us, we enjoyed it a lot.”
At Stumps on Day 3, England’s score was 339/9, still 42 points behind the hosts.
Of the nine English wickets that fell, seven were taken by Lasith Embuldeniya.
He scalped Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Sam Curran Dominic Bess and Mark Wood’s wickets.
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