The fifth Test between England and India ended with the hosts chasing down a mammoth 378-run-target with ease with unbeaten centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. England’s tactics of batting positively and looking for runs are working for them ‘big-time’ as they have now completed four consecutive chases in excess of 275 runs in the fourth innings. The chase at Edgbaston was England’s highest successful run-chase in their rich history of Test cricket.
Joe Root continued with his magnificent form against India and got the ‘Player of the Series’ award for scoring 737 runs in the series at an average of 105.28 with four hundreds and one fifty to his name. The batter is in the form of his life since 2021 having scored 2635 runs in 47 innings with an average of 61.27.
While speaking with former England captain Nasser Hussain after the Test, Root poked fun at his own captaincy. On being asked what’s the difference between the current England side and the previous one, Root said, “When we got our chances to put it back on and we did it. We were ruthless which is something we might have lacked in recent times, especially under my leadership.”
Joe Root poking fun at his time as captain is probably the one of the most humble things i have come across. Unbelievable person this guy. pic.twitter.com/JvCB7UrqJJ
— The Joker (Dr Taylor's Version) (@Jokeresque_) July 5, 2022
The 31-year-old star batter has now scored 2,526 runs against India averaging 63.5 against the team with nine hundreds and ten fifties. His magnificent form has seen him rise to the top of the rankings for Test batsmen.
England were successful in retaining the Pataudi Trophy as the series ended 2-2. India missed out on a golden opportunity to win their fourth series in England after a gap of 15 years. Root along with Bairstow left the Indian bowlers clueless as they kept rotating the strike with ease. Once the two batsmen were in, India just couldn’t stop the run-flow from either end. Bairstow brought up his third consecutive hundred in the last 3 Tests and also became the highest-run scorer in Test cricket this year. England are making ‘big-statements’ with their brand of cricket which is now being called as ‘Bazball’.