England vs India 5th Test Day 5 Stats Review: Joe Root’s golden form, India’s unwanted record in Birmingham, and other stats

England vs India 5th Test Day 5 Stats Review: Joe Root’s golden form, India’s unwanted record in Birmingham, and other stats

England scripted the highest chase against India in Tests

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s spectacular run in Test cricket continued as both smashed centuries to chase down 378 against India. The duo added an unbeaten 269-run stand for the fourth wicket to hand India a thrashing by seven wickets, eventually leveling the series 2-2. Root remained not out on 142 while Bairstow amassed 114 as both combined together to continue England’s solid run in the longest format of the game.

Speaking of how the final day of the fifth Test went by, it was a mere formality left for the hosts who needed 119 runs to seal the deal. Their counter-attack approach continued as Root and Bairstow brought up their respective centuries to finish off the chase quickly in grand style. Both have smashed the most runs and struck the most centuries in Tests this year. With 994 runs, Bairstow, who has turned into a beast in the last few games, tops the chart with his teammate Root on second for scoring 927 runs. Jonny has six centuries to his name in 2022 while the run-machine Root has slammed five tons.

With this victory, England became the first team to chase 250-plus targets successfully in four successive Tests. Earlier, it was New Zealand who suffered the wrath of this England team, led by new captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. The Kiwis lost the three-match series 3-0 and now it was India’s turn to face the defeat against red-hot England. For his twin centuries, destructive Bairstow won the Player of the Match award. With 737 runs and 23 wickets, Joe Root and Jasprit Bumrah were declared the Players of the Series, respectively.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from 5th Test Day 5 between England and India:

 50 – England registered their 50th victory over India in Test cricket.

7 – India lost their seventh match out of the eight played at Edgbaston in Birmingham. They are winless at the venue with one game drawn.

269* – Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scripted the highest fourth-wicket partnership, 269* against India in Tests. Wally Hammond and Stan Worthington previously scored 266 at The Oval in 1936.

378 – England completed their highest successful run-chase of 378/3 (target 378). Their previous highest chase was 362/9 (target 359) against Australia in Ashes 2019.

11 – Root has smashed 2635 runs in 47 innings at an average of 61.27 with 11 centuries and five half-centuries since 2021.

737 – Root ended the series with 737 runs in nine innings at a stellar average of 105.28, which included four centuries and one fifty.

1 – England became the first team to chase the 250-plus targets successfully in four consecutive Tests.

28 – Root has now smashed the most Test centuries (28) among the active players. Steven Smith and Virat Kohli both are tied on the second spot with 27 tons each.

6 – Bairstow has slammed the most Test centuries (6) this year. His teammate Root is one the second spot for hitting five hundreds.

9 – Root has also now struck the most Test hundreds (9) against India. Ricky Ponting, Steven Smith, Vivian Richards, and Garry Sobers all had scored eight centuries each.

12 – Jonny Bairstow produced the 12th instance of a player scoring centuries in both the innings of a Test match for England.

2 – Root registered the second-most runs (737) in the England-India series. Graham Gooch is on top for amassing 752 runs in the 1990 series.

269* – Root and Bairstow recorded England’s highest fourth-wicket partnership of 269* in the fourth innings of a Test. Their previous best was 164 between Wally Hammond and Eddie Paynter against South Africa in 1939.

589 – Bairstow has now hammered 589 runs in his last five innings at a staggering average of 196.33 with four tons and one half-century.

378/3 – The English side also registered the highest successful run-chase of 378/3 (target 378) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. South Africa had chased 281 previously against England in 2008.

1 – England scripted the highest chase of 378/3 against India in Test cricket. The previous highest total of 342/8 (target 339) was achieved by Australia at Perth in 1977.

2 – England recorded the second-highest chase of 378/3 in Tests in England. Australia is on top for scoring 404/3 (target 404) against the hosts in the year 1948.