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TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: England cruise to highest successful run chase

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TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: England cruise to highest successful run chase…as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root record fourth highest partnership in fourth innings of a Test game

  • England chased their top goal in a test match after a breeze to 378-3
  • It beat their previous best of 359, against Australia in the ‘Ben Stokes’ test
  • Joe Root now has nine Test hundreds against India, more than anyone in history
  • Jonny Bairstow is the 12th England player to score 200 in a Test

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Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root both hit hundreds as England recorded a stunning seven-wicket victory over India in the rescheduled fifth Test.

England, chasing 378 to win, wasted little time in achieving their goal in another outstanding performance under the new leadership team of Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.

sports post‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH offers Edgbaston’s best stats.

England’s chase to 378 was their highest successful chase in Tests, with 362 for nine (pursuit of 359) against Australia at Headingley in 2019. Only one other team has chased more to win a Test in England: the Australian’ Don Bradman’s 1948 Invincibles’ took 404 for three.

Four of England’s top 13 chases in the fourth innings have now entered consecutive Tests: 277, 299 and 296 against New Zealand, followed by this game against India.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow led England to their highest ever test match chase

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow led England to their highest ever test match chase

Joe Root now has nine Test hundreds against India – more than anyone in history. He previously shared the record with Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting and Steve Smith.

Jonny Bairstow is the 12th England player to score 200 in the same test – and the first since Andrew Strauss against India in Chennai in 2008.

The only other Englishman to have achieved the two-ton feat in Edgbaston is Marcus Trescothick, against the West Indies in 2004.

After Root’s hundreds last summer at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Headingley, this was his fourth in the series.

Root is now one of only four English batsmen to score four centuries in a streak

Root is now one of only four English batsmen to score four centuries in a streak

Root is now one of only four English batsmen to score four centuries in a streak

It is a feat of only three other English batsmen: Herbert Sutcliffe twice (against Australia in 1924-45 and South Africa in 1929), Walter Hammond (Australia in 1928-29), and Denis Compton (South Africa in 1947).

Root’s career is now 28 Test hundreds – more than any other active batsmen.

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are next on the list, with 27, followed by Kane Williamson and David Warner at 24. Eleven of them have been there since the beginning of last year alone.

Before this summer, his Test average in the fourth inning was 32, without hundreds.

Now he can boast 115 not out at Lord’s, 87 not out at Headingley (both against New Zealand) and now 142 not here. His fourth inning average now stands at 41.

Only Mark Butcher, with 173 not out against Australia at Headingley in 2001, has scored more in a successful fourth inning chase for England than Root’s undefeated 142.

Bairstow now has six test hundred in 2022, equaling England’s record for a calendar year – and there are six more tests to go before 2023.

Compton (in 1947), Michael Vaughan (2002) and Root (2021) all made six as well. And Root has five of their own this year.