England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Joe Root and Ollie Pope’s father celebrates sons
Former England captain Joe Root and middle-order batsman Ollie Pope scored much-needed centuries for their team on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Sunday. In response to the huge total of 553/10 posted by the visitors, England posted 473/5 at the end of day 3, with Root still batting at 163.
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Root achieved the 100 runs in just 116 balls, which is his fastest Test century so far. The talisman broke a boundary to reach his 27th Test century, the joint most by any current player. As Root began celebrating his century on the pitch, Oli’s father was seen hugging each other and celebrating their sons’ achievements. The video went viral on social media and the Burmese Army of England posted the video on their official Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, Root the Batter added another cap to his illustrious cricketing career, with the 31-year-old former England captain becoming the first player in the history of the World Test Championship to score more than 3,000 runs.
Thanks to Root’s unbeaten 163, laced with 25 fours, and Ollie Pope’s 145, England posted a befitting reply to New Zealand’s first innings total of 553, reaching 473/5 at stumps on the third day on Sunday. The hosts, who won the first Test at Lord’s, are only 80 runs away from the visitors’ first innings total.
Root completed his 27th Test century with a brilliant unbeaten innings. According to the ICC, the 31-year-old has 10 World Test Championship tons to his name and Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has nearly 1,000 more WTC runs than his nearest rival – 2,180 runs.
Root’s most recent innings saw him on par with Australia great Steve Smith and India legend Virat Kohli with the same number of centuries, while the right-handed batsman is one of only two England players to have scored more than 10,000 Test runs in total.
The current ICC Test Player of the Year has also moved up to second place in the rankings for Test batsmen, with Labuschagne being the only player ahead of him.
This prompted Root to receive praise from fellow teammates, with fellow Centurion Pope calling the former captain the best English player of all time.
“We are looking at the greatest player England has ever had,” Pope told BBC Sport. “Watching him do what he’s doing right now, it’s amazing. A pleasure to be a part of.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan agrees with Pope. “We are witnessing something special. I have known Joe for years and I really believe he is the greatest player England has ever produced,” Vaughan said. “He’s so happy to watch and he makes batting so easy.
“It’s just that drive and determination. You just have to have an incredible appetite to score a century.”
Player and WTC Run (2019-2022)
Joe Root (England) – 3,124
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia) – 2,180
Ben Stokes (England) – 1,865
Steve Smith (Australia) – 1,811
Babar Azam (Pakistan) — 1,614