England captain Joe Root hit a brilliant double century in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. The 30-year-old right-handed batsman took the news of Sri Lankan bowlers fiercely and played shots all around the field. He also held several big records during his marathon innings of 228 runs.
While Root scored his fourth double century of his Test career, he has now become the first captain of England to score more than one double century in Test cricket. Root had earlier scored a double century in Hamilton against New Zealand in 2019 in Hamilton.
Root scored 228 runs in 321 balls at a strike rate of 71 before being dismissed in the first innings of the match against Sri Lanka. During this, he hit 18 fours and a six. With this, he became the player for England’s biggest innings against Sri Lanka.
Root achieved another feat during his brilliant innings. He also completed his 8000 Test runs in the 178th innings of the 98th match and with this he became the seventh player from England to reach this milestone.
England’s record of scoring the most runs in Tests is currently named after former cricketer Alastair Cook. He has scored a total of 12472 runs in 291 innings of 161 matches. While Graham Gooch is second on the list with 8900 runs in 118 matches.
Explain that the England team is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka, where the first Test is being played in Galle between the two teams. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 135 runs in the first innings of the match, after which Root’s double century helped England score 421 runs in the first innings to take a huge lead of 286 runs.