Updated: January 16, 2021 11:38:42 am
Joe Root scored his 4th Test double century as England stretched their lead to over 200 on Day 3 in their 1st Test vs Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Joe Root slams his fourth Test double ton, his second against Sri Lanka 💥
His brilliant innings has taken England’s lead past 200 runs.
— ICC (@ICC) January 16, 2021
In the process, Root became the first England captain to score two double-hundreds, the fifth Test captain from any country to score two doubles away from home. Only Wally Hammond (7) and Alastair Cook (5) have scored more double tons that Root in England’s history.
Among current players, Root’s fourth double ton brings him to joint second in terms of Test 200s. Only Virat Kohli (7) has scored more. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have scored four Test double tons too.
Root is the first English captain to score two double centuries. Virat Kohli’s seven Test double centuries all came as captain.
Batting in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 135, England crossed 400 in the morning session of the third day of the match on Saturday.
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