On the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge, England’s Joe Root maintained his torrid pace by blasting a century off only 115 balls, the quickest of his career. Root has now struck two centuries in a row, after scoring an unbroken 115 to lead England to victory in the first Test.

Root has nowequalledd the record for most tonnes in the longest version of the game among active cricketers with 27 Test hundreds. Virat Kohli of India and Steve Smith of Australia are the other two players who have reached that milestone. Kohli hasn’t made a Test century since November 2019, while Smith hasn’t hit three figures since January 2021. Root, on the other hand, has amassed a total of ten centuries in the past year and a half.

“Joe Root has now scored a century in 27 Test matches for England. In five Test matches, he has four centuries. He’s an unstoppable sprinting machine, “Nasser Hussain, a former England captain, said from the commentary box. The former England captain’s purple patch over the previous two years has helped him catch up to the rest of the ‘Fab 4’ players with whom he is regarded. At the start of 2021, Kohli held the lead with 27 tonnes, while Smith had 26. Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, has 24 centuries to Root’s 17. Root has already passed Williamson, whose Test appearances have reduced since December 2019 owing to injury, and is currently on par with Smith and Kohli.

In the opening match at Lord’s, Root became just the second England player to reach 10,000 Test runs. Many previous players predicted that he would eventually surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most career Test runs. On Sunday, Root, 31, scored 10,100 runs in his 119th Test match, while Tendulkar retired at the age of 39 with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests.