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Joe Root scored 180 against Australia and an unbeaten 200 against Sri Lanka in two consecutive Test innings at Lord’s, thereby becoming the first player in the history of the game to hit two scores in excess of 150 in consecutive innings at Lord’s. Bharath Seervi presents this remarkable achievement by Root, and other milestones related to it.
English batsman Joe Root scored his maiden double century in Test cricket in the first match against Sri Lanka at the Lord’s cricket stadium in London on June 13, 2014. He scored an unbeaten 200 off 298 balls that included 16 fours.
In Joe Root’s previous Test inning at Lord’s, he scored 180 against Australia in the Ashes 2013. With this, he has achieved a remarkable feat in Test Cricket. He became the first player in the history of the game to score two consecutive scores in excess of 150 at Lord’s, known as Mecca of Cricket.
On Day 1 of the test, when he reached his century he became only eighth player to score 2 consecutive test centuries at Lord’s. The table below lists those players.
Players with centuries in two or more consecutive Test innings at Lord’s
|Three||Sir Jack Hobbs||107 vs Aus, 1912||211 vs SA, 1924||119 vs Aus, 1926|
|Michael Vaughan||103 vs WI, 2004||101* vs WI, 2004||120 vs Ban, 2005|
|Two||Wally Hammond||140 vs NZ, 1937||240 vs Aus, 1938|
|George Headley||106 vs Eng, 1939||107 vs Eng, 1939|
|Allan Lamb||110 vs WI, 1984||107 vs SL, 1984|
|Graham Gooch||333 vs Ind, 1990||123 vs Ind, 1990|
|Dilip Vengsarkar||157 vs Eng, 1982||126* vs Eng, 1986|
|Joe Root||180 vs Aus, 2013||200* vs SL, 2014|
Root, in fact, scored more than 175 in two consecutive Test innings at Lord’s. He is the first to do so at Lord’s. Prior to him, 13 other batsmen have achieved the feat on different grounds. The table below provides the details.
Players with more than 175 runs in two consecutive Test innings at a particular venue
|Sir Don Bradman||Leeds, England **||334 vs Eng, 1930||304 vs Eng, 1934|
|Sir Don Bradman||The Oval, England||232 vs Eng, 1930||244 vs Eng, 1934|
|George Headley||Kingston, West Indies||223 vs Eng, 1930||270* vs Eng, 1935|
|Sir Don Bradman||Brisbane, Australia||187 vs Eng, 1946||185 vs Ind, 1947|
|Sir Len Hutton||The Oval, England||206 vs NZ, 1949||202* vs WI, 1950|
|Sir Frank Worrell||Nottingham, England **||261 vs Eng, 1950||191* vs Eng, 1957|
|Dennis Amiss||The Oval, England||183 vs Pak, 1974||203 vs WI, 1976|
|Qasim Umar||Faisalabad, Pakistan||210 vs Ind, 1984||206 vs SL, 1985|
|Richie Richardson||Georgetown, West Indies||194 vs Ind, 1989||182 vs Aus, 1991|
|Gary Kirsten||Durban, South Africa||275 vs Eng, 1999||180 vs SL, 2000|
|Sachin Tendulkar||Nagpur, India||201* vs Zim, 2000||176 vs Zim, 2002|
|Marvan Atapattu||Bulawayo, Zimbabwe **||216* vs Zim, 1999||249 vs Zim, 2004|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Colombo (SSC), Sri Lanka||185 vs Pak, 2006||287 vs SA, 2006|
|Joe Root||Lord’s, England||180 vs Aus, 2013||200* vs SL, 2014|
** denotes that the player achieve the feat in an away ground
No batsman scored three consecutive 175+ scores at any venue. Mohammad Yousuf came very close to doing so at Lahore in Pakistan. He scored 223 against England, 173 against India and 192 against the West Indies between 2005 and 2006.
Joe Root scored 182, 236 and 179 in three consecutive innings in First Class Cricket in 2013. He became only the fourth batsmen in the history of First Class cricket to score three consecutive scores over 175. The first three were WG Grace (344, 177 and 318 not out in 1876), Clem Hill (176, 205 and 185 in 1909-10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (302 not out, 189 and 176 in 2008).
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)
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