“He’s one hell of a player,” said Ben Stokes. “He has been for a long term now. The captaincy hasn’t affected his run scoring ability. If anything it’s made him in to a better player if that was possible. There’s guys around the world who are known as the best players in the world and we’ve got one of them, if not the best.”
When Joe Root passed 50 during the afternoon of the first day at Headingley, he became only the second man ever to score at least a half-century in twelve consecutive Test matches. He joins South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the list.
Root’s remarkable run began in Dhaka last October when he made 56 in England’s first innings of a Test they went on to lose. In his next match, he made a hundred in Rajkot against India and then followed it with half-centuries in the next four matches of that series despite England being hammered 4-0.
Root has scored 1,202 runs in those 12 Test matches at an average of 57.23. Should he make a half-century in the final Test of the series at Lord’s, England’s captain will become the first man in Test history to have scored at least a half-century in 13 consecutive matches.