Joe Root equals Alastair Cook record as he scores magnificent century vs India

England captain Joe Root scored a magnificent century in the second Test against India at Lord's, as he continued his excellent run of form.

The hundred was Root's 22nd in Test matches and means he has now equalled Sir Alastair Cook 's record of the most hundreds for England across all formats with 38, having notched 16 in ODIs.

Root has also gone past Andrew Strauss on the list of most Test centuries for England, drawing level with Ian Bell, Geoffrey Boycott, Colin Cowdrey and Wally Hammond.

He is now just one behind Kevin Pietersen, who scored 23 Test centuries, but a whopping 11 behind Cook.

His knock was a hugely important one for England, who heavily rely on him to score the bulk of their runs.

Root came out to bat with the score at 23-2, having just watched Mohammed Siraj remove Dom Sibley and Haseeb Hameed in consecutive deliveries.

He duly kept out Siraj's hat-trick ball and shared an important 85-run partnership with Rory Burns, before the opener was out LBW shortly before the end of day two.

Root then shared another important partnership with Jonny Bairstow on day three as England looked to chase down India's first innings lead.

The pair were excellent running between the wickets, before Bairstow was dismissed shortly after lunch by a short ball from Siraj.

Root went on to reach three figures not long after Bairstow's dismissal, with a push into the offside.

It is Root's second hundred of the series, following on from his excellent 109 in England's second innings at Trent Bridge.

During the innings, Root passed Graham Gooch to become England's second leading run-scorer in Tests, with only Cook now ahead of him.

James Anderson has backed Root to eventually break Cook's record, saying: "He can absolutely go on and break that records, he has been amazing throughout his career.

"And over the last 12 months in particular with everything that we’ve been through with the pandemic, the pressures on this team.

"To be able to captain the side and still perform the way he has done has been nothing less than superhuman.

"I’ve got a lot of time for Joe and I couldn’t speak highly enough of him, and every time he goes out there he shows his class and he was exactly that again here.

"He went in on a hat-trick ball and played it comfortably. That made everyone else feel better and it had a calming effect on the dressing room."

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