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Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root slay Surrey with lightning-fast 372-run partnership

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root
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England pair Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root set the records book ringing during day two of Yorkshire’s County Championship clash with Surrey in Leeds. Playing for Yorkshire, Bairstow and Root smoked 372 runs for the 4th wicket stand – the highest partnership ever forged at the famous old venue.

Batting in reply to Surrey’s 330, the Yorks were at 45/3 in the 11th over before the dynamic duo came together and occupied the crease for 67 overs, scoring at a pace of 5.55 runs per over throughout the day.

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Bairstow set the pace early, motoring to his century in 96 balls, though Root was only slightly more sedate, reaching his own milestone in 110 deliveries.

The partnership also broke the 117-year-old mark for the best stand by a Yorkshire pair against Surrey, which had been achieved by George Hirst and Ted Wainwright in 1899.

Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root also topped the more recent Headingley record – also for the fourth wicket – made by current Australia coach Darren Lehmann and former England batsman Michael Lumb for Yorkshire against Durham in September 2006. Lehmann made 339 that day, the second-highest score ever made for the county.

The stand could only be brought to an end after Bairstow nicked behind to Kumar Sangakkara at first slip walking back after hitting his second double century inside a month, following on from the 246 he made against Hampshire.

By the close Yorkshire had extended their lead to 156 with five wickets still in hand, including that of England’s talisman, Root, who was again imperious in finding the boundary on 20 occasions and clearing it once in the 221 balls that he faced.

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