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Root and Bairstow rocket England to record test win

2022 Jul 05, 17:08, BIRMINGHAM, England
England's Joe Root celebrates after scoring a century during the fifth day of the fifth cricket test match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Photo- AP

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow shredded India with unbeaten centuries as England rewrote history by winning their series-deciding test by seven wickets on the last day of the fifth test at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Needing 119 more runs to register its highest successful run chase of 378 in test cricket, England cruised to 378-3 half an hour before lunch with yet another blockbuster chase of the summer.

Root crafted his third test hundred of the season to be 142 not out while Bairstow’s purple patch continued as he reached 114 not out – his second century of the test and fourth in his last five innings.

India went into the test rearranged from last year leading 2-1 and on course for its first series win in England in 15 years. Instead, India conceded its most ever runs in the fourth innings of a loss, and the series was drawn.

The Yorkshiremen came together soon after tea on Monday with England losing three wickets in the space of 16 deliveries. Both batters commanded India’s pace threat of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj by combining in a majestic 269-run stand at more than 5 runs per over.

It was England’s fourth straight successful run chase after New Zealand was swept 3-0 last month under new captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.


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