Joe Root, England’s red-ball skipper, has broken former captain Michael Vaughan’s record for most test runs in a calendar year, becoming the player with the most Test runs for England in a calendar year. In the first Ashes 2021-22 Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Root reached this milestone. He batted brilliantly in the second innings after being out for a duck in the first.

Root went into tea on Day 3 of the Gabba Test with an unbeaten 26, leveling the runs mark with Vaughan, and he brought up the milestone with a single to deep backward square leg off Nathan Lyon in the third session after the break. Meanwhile, Root hammered 86* runs on Day 3 and England were 220/2 at Stump’s, with Dawid Malan and Joe Root putting up a 159* run partnership.

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, had 1,481 runs at an average of 61.14 in 2002, with six centuries and two half-centuries. Meanwhile, Root, 30, has a total of 1541 runs with a strike rate of 67.00. He has two half-centuries and six centuries to his belt, including two double centuries in Galle and Chennai. Root had a strong start in Tests in 2021, scoring 426 runs in a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka and 386 runs in a four-match Test series against India.

He subsequently hammered 97 runs in a two-match Test series against New Zealand, followed by 564 runs in a home Test series against India. Root is now at No. 8 on the list of players with the most Test runs in a calendar year. Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan now leads the list with 1788 runs at an average of 99.33, a record he set in 2006.