The first Test match of the five-match Ashes series between hosts Australia and England is being played at the Gabba ground in Brisbane. On the third day of the match, England captain Joe Root has made a big record in his name. Root has set a new record for most runs for England in a calendar year. He has so far scored 1541 runs in 2021 and in this case he has surpassed compatriot Michael Vaughan’s record of 1481 runs made in 2002. Earlier, Root had scored 1477 runs in 2016 and 1385 runs in 2015.
Root has become the ninth cricketer in the world to score 1500 or more runs in a calendar year. Two legends of India are also included in this list, which is Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Sachin is the first Indian to score the highest number of 1562 runs in a calendar year. Sachin made this record in 2010. He is followed by Gavaskar, who scored 1555 runs in 1979.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Yusuf now world record on Root’s target
The record for the most runs in a calendar year is held by former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who scored 1788 runs in 11 matches in 2006. Root’s target now holds the world record of Mohammad Yousuf. West Indies’ Vivian Richards is at number two in the list of batsmen with the most runs in a calendar year, who scored 1710 runs in the 1976 calendar year.
By the end of the third day’s play of this Test match being played at the Gabba ground in Brisbane, England scored 220 runs for two wickets in the second innings. David Malan returned not out after scoring 80 and Root 86. Both have so far shared a 159-run partnership for the third wicket. Earlier, Travis Head smashed 152 off 148 balls as Australia scored 425 runs in their first innings to take a 278-run lead. In this way, England, who scored 147 runs in the first innings, is still 58 runs behind Australia.