India and England have locked horns for the fifth and final test of the series, at Chepauk Stadium, Chennai. And so far, it has been a happy outing for the visitors.
England batsmen were in a great touch on the first day, notching 284 runs in total. More importantly, they lost only four wickets and successfully played the genius of Ravichandran Ashwin. The away side continued their journey the next day, albeit they lost three quick wickets in the first season. In the end, thanks to some strong resilience from the tail-enders, England managed a commendable 477 and with three days to go, it is unlikely that they would suffer a defeat in this test.
While the Englishmen will be looking forward to finish the test series on a happy note, they have more reasons to be ecstatic about. Over the first two days, as many as three England batsmen – Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Liam Dawson – registered new test records to claim.
Alastair Cook – quickest to 11000:
The England captain started the proceedings on the first day and on the very first ball, he scored 2 to reach 11000 test runs from 252 innings. And this is the fastest (in terms of time) for anyone in the world! Cook has taken just 10 years and 290 days to reach the landmark. So far as the number of innings is concerned, he stands at the eighth position in the list, the top one being secured by Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara.
Joe Root – the man with the 50s:
People would say that he is one of the most talented test batsmen at the moment, and he keeps on proving it every time he takes the stance. In the ongoing test, Root scored valuable 88 runs and recorded his 11th test 50 in as many matches against India. This is the most number of tests a player has scored at least one 50+ innings in each match played against a certain opponent. The previous record was to the name of Walters who had nine 50+ innings from nine matches against West Indies.
Liam Dawson – a reliable debutant:
Dawson made his test debut at Chepauk, replacing Chris Woakes in the starting eleven. And what a debut it has been! The right handed batsman scored 66 coming in at number 8 – the most by any debutant in that position for England. Before this test, David Bairstow had the record to his name, when he scored 59 in 1979, also against India.
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