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New Zealand vs England, 2019: List of records Joe Root created with his maiden double hundred as Test captain

All the stats that Joe Root created during his 226-run knock against New Zealand.

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Joe Root. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Joe Root’s batting numbers in Test cricket have seen a decline over the last couple of years that coincided with him taking up the Test captaincy. Post twin failures in the first Test in the ongoing New Zealand tour saw Root getting out of top 10 batsmen’s rankings in Test cricket for the first time in five years. However, the England skipper bounced back strongly with his maiden Test double as skipper in the Hamilton Test. He scored 226 from 441 balls with 22 fours and a six as England posted 476 in their first innings in response to New Zealand’s 375/10.

All the stats and recorded that Joe Root has created during his 226-run against New Zealand:

1 – Joe Root became the first visiting captain to score a double century in Test cricket in New Zealand. Chris Gayle’s 197 in the 2008 Napier Test match was the previous highest individual score by a visiting skipper on New Zealand soil.

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Root is also the first captain to score a double hundred in England-New Zealand Test matches. The previous highest Test score by a skipper in ENG-NZ Tests was 181 by Mike Denness of England in the 1975 Auckland Test.


1 – The first innings against New Zealand in this Test match is the longest Test innings for Joe Root in terms of both balls faced (441) and minutes batted (636). His previous longest Test knock was against Pakistan in the first innings of the 2016 Manchester Test where he batted 406 balls for his 254 during his 616-minute stay.


3 – Joe Root is only the 5th player to score three or more Test 200s for England. Wally Hammond leads the list with seven double hundreds while Alastair Cook and Len Hutton have four and three Test 200s respectively for the English team. Kevin Pietersen also struck three double centuries for England in the longer format.


8 – Root is only the 8th England captain to score a double century in Test cricket. The last of the previous seven was Alastair Cook during the 2015 Abu Dhabi Test against Pakistan where he scored 263 runs during his 14-hour marathon innings. Cook and Root are the only England skippers with Test 200s in the last 29 years.


226 – Joe Root’s 226-run knock is the highest individual score by a captain in Test cricket against New Zealand. The previous highest was 217 by Sachin Tendulkar way back in 1999 in Ahmedabad.

This is also the second-highest individual Test score by a visiting player in the last 20 years on New Zealand soil. Adam Voges scored 239 in the Wellington Test during Australia’s tour of New Zealand in 2016.


2002 – Last England player before Joe Root to score a Test double against New Zealand was Graeme Thorpe in the 2002 Christchurch Test match. The left-hander scored an unbeaten 200 in England’s 2nd innings. Overall, Root’s 226 is the 4th highest score by any player in the ENG-NZ Test matches and the highest since John Edrich’s unbeaten 310 during the 1965 Leeds Test.


14031 – Joe Root completed 14000 runs in International cricket on his way to a double century. He is only the 2nd player to achieve the milestone while playing for England after Alastair Cook (15737 runs).

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