Although England’s Ashes 2021 tour has not started off well, with a loss in the first Test and a penalty for a slow over-rate, skipper Joe Root has made every effort to contribute to the squad as much as possible against Australia. On the third day of the second Test in Adelaide, the captain passed India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar to become the fifth-highest run-scorer in a calendar year.

Tendulkar (1562 runs in a single year in Tests in 2010) and Gavaskar (1555 runs in 1979) were both passed by the batter earlier in the day. Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Yousuf, West Indian legend Viv Richards, former South African captain Graeme Smith, and former Australia captain Michael Clarke are all on the list ahead of Root. Root had eclipsed former England skipper Michael Vaughan in the first Ashes Test at Gabba to become England’s greatest run-getter in a single calendar year in Test cricket.

In terms of the Ashes, the Australians are in command, with the English side trailing by 294 runs. With Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes at the crease, the visitors have now lost six wickets.

Most runs scored in a calendar year by batters in Tests:

Mohamamd Yousuf (2006): 1788 runs

Viv Richards (1976): 1710 runs

Graeme Smith (2008): 1656

Michael Clarke (2012): 1595

Joe Root (2021): 1563* runs

Sachin Tendulkar (2010): 1562 runs

Sunil Gavaskar (1979): 1555 runs