Joe Root Surpasses Michael Vaughan To Become England’s Most Successful Test Captain

Joe Root

With the victory over India on Saturday in Leeds, Joe Root became England‘s most successful Test captain, leading the country in 27 Test wins. He overtook Michael Vaughan, who had captained England to 26 victories. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook follow the list with 24 wins to their name.

Joe Root’s own batting record has been staggering as a skipper in Test wins – 2632 runs at 56.00, with the help of 9 hundreds and 9 fifties. He has led England to series triumphs in South Africa, and Sri Lanka, and a Test match victory in India earlier this year.

Joe Root
Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Joe Root has been in a phenomenal form with the bat this year – 1398 runs at 69.90 – it’s the series results of the ongoing series against India and later the away Ashes which will define his 2021.

It was a fantastic and clinical performance from the bowlers: Joe Root

India lost their remaining 8 wickets in the first session on Day 4, after they had lost just two on Day 3. However, the game was, in essence, won by England on the first couple of days when they bowled India out for 78 and then piled up over 400 runs.

Ollie Robinson bagged his second five-wicket haul of the series during India’s second innings, and was rewarded with the Man of the Match award. James Anderson dismantled Indian batting in the first innings with figures of 8-5-6-3.

Ollie Robinson, England
Ollie Robinson after picking up his second five-wicket haul. (Image: Twitter)

Another major positive for Joe Root was fifties from each of the top three batsmen – Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, and Dawid Malan.

“It was a fantastic and clinical performance from the bowlers. The two big lads put loads of pressure with three maidens, and we had a really good opportunity to take wickets and we took them ruthlessly. We know we are capable of performances like this, and we have the talent, that opening stand was fantastic too. We controlled and hung in with the new ball, and we reaped the rewards,” Joe Root said in the post-match presentation.

With the series now level, there is little time for India to ponder over their batting collapses as the fourth Test at Kennington Oval starts September 2nd.

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