London: England’s cricket sensation, Joe Root, etched his name in the record books on the first day of the highly anticipated second Ashes Test at the renowned Lord’s Stadium in London. Root joined an elite club of players by becoming only the third cricketer in history to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring more than 2000 runs and taking 20 wickets in the prestigious Ashes series.
Root’s exceptional performance with both the bat and the ball solidified his status as a true all-rounder. The two other players who had previously accomplished this extraordinary milestone are Australia’s Warwick Armstrong, with 2172 runs and 74 wickets, and England’s Wally Hammond, who amassed 2852 runs and claimed 36 wickets during their respective Ashes campaigns.
During the captivating match against Australia, Root’s exceptional spell saw him dismiss Travis Head and Cameron Green in the same over, turning the tide in favor of England. These crucial breakthroughs revitalized England’s chances as they dealt their opponents two devastating blows on the closing moments of day one’s play.
Root’s remarkable achievement adds another feather to his cap, as he continues to shine as a key player for England. Currently, he holds the top spot in the test batting rankings and ranks eighth among the best all-rounders in the world.