Statistical highlights of the second day’s play in the fifth and final cricket Test between India and England at The Oval here.
# Joe Root’s unbeaten 92 is his eighth fifty in Tests – his fifth against India.
# As against his overseas average of 28.69, Root is averaging 62.00 in Tests in England.
# Root has totalled 461 runs in the current series at an average of 92.20, including a century and four fifties – his best ever performance in a Test rubber.
# Root has recorded fifties in three consecutive innings for the first time in Tests.
# Root became the fourth Englishman to register fifty or more in each of a five-Test rubber – his sequence of scores are 154 not out at Trent Bridge, 13 and 66 at Lord’s, 3 and 56 at Southampton, 77 at Manchester and 92 not out at The Oval.
# Root has joined Wally Hammond (vs South Africa in 1938-39), Peter May (vs South Africa in 1955) and Robin Smith (vs Australia in 1989). All four have managed fifty-plus in each Test in the five-Test series.
# Gary Ballance (64 off 117 balls) has recorded his third Test fifty – his second against India. He is the top run-getter for England in Tests this year – his aggregate is 729 (ave 60.75), including three centuries and three fifties, in 13 innings.
He became the first batsman to manage 500 runs in the series – his tally being 503 (ave 71.85) in five Tests.
# Ballance became the second left-handed batsman to manage 500 runs in a Test series for England against India. Alastair Cook had totalled 562 (ave 80.28) in four Tests in India in 2012-13, including three hundreds.
# Alastair Cook (79 off 183 balls) has posted his 38th Test fifty – his seventh against India. He has recorded seven hundreds and nine fifties as captain.
# Against India, Cook, as captain, has posted six fifty-plus innings in 15 innings against India – the most by an England captain against India, eclipsing Graham Gooch’s five in 10 innings.
# Cook has managed 1735 runs at an average of 54.21 in 20 Tests against India, setting a record for the highest run-aggregate for England against India, surpassing Graham Gooch’s tally of 1725 (ave 55.64) in 19 Tests.
# Sam Robson and Alastair Cook put on a 66-run stand – England’s highest opening partnership in Tests this year, bettering the 53 by the same pair at Southampton.
# Cook and Ballance were involved in a 125-run partnership – England’s second highest for the second wicket vs India at The Oval, behind the 174 between Michael Vaughan and Mark Butcher in 2002.
# Since producing two for 73 vs Australia at Adelaide in January 2012, Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed wickets in an away Test for the first time. In his previous two overseas Tests at Johannesburg, December 2013 and Old Trafford, August 2014), he could not bag a wicket.
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