Joe Root has as many centuries in Test cricket as the legendary Sir Don Bradman after he churned out a hundred against New Zealand in England’s first innings at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Root went past three figures after 7 months in Test cricket.
Among active players, Root is second only to India’s Virat Kohli in terms of most international centuries. He has 45 international tons to his name whereas Virat has a staggering 74. David Warner (45), Rohit Sharma (43) and Steve Smith (42) follow Root in the table.
Eyeing an equalizer after conceding the first Test by a massive margin, New Zealand won the toss and inserted England, who recovered magnificently from 21/3 to post 315/3 by Stumps on Day 1. Harry Brook is unbeaten on 184 off 169 balls and him and Root (101* off 182 deliveries) have added 294 runs for the fourth wicket. New Zealand ruled the roost in the first hour of play but England have turned the tide in emphatic fashion.
Joe Root has now equalled Don Bradman with 29 Test centuries.#NZvENG pic.twitter.com/Hd6odAibqE
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) February 24, 2023