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Former English skipper Joe Root became the second English batsman to break 11,000 runs in Test format. Root’s Test format prowess was shown against Ireland when he scored 56 (59) and built a solid partnership on the second day to put England one step closer to victory. The only English batter with more runs than Ruth is former English skipper Alastair Cooke. Cooke is often cited as one of the best batters in the Test format. In a career spanning more than 12 years, the left-hander has run 12,472 runs in 161 games with an average of 45.35.
Root is 1,468 runs short of being England’s top Test scorer.
Ruth scored 11,004 goals in 130 matches with an average of 50.24.
Ruth 56’s knock was a glimpse of the dominant performance of the English batters on Friday.
Zach Crowley and Ben Duckett gave the hosts a perfect start with 109 runs. Fionn Hand ended their partnership to give Ireland a glimmer of hope.
However, Pope continued his business and started a partnership of 252 people. Pope sent the ball over the boundary line at every opportunity.
Ben Duckett matched Pope’s intensity and pressured the Irish bowlers with his flawless technique. Pope completed his first double century, but Duckett lost by 18 runs.
With a fresh ball, Graeme Hume took Duckett’s wicket. From that point on, Joe Root and Pope laid the foundation for another major partnership that took England’s score to 507/2. England took pole position going into the third session of Day 2.
However, Andy McBrine started the third session on the right note for the visitors by raising Root’s gate. Dad followed. England decided to announce their chances with a score of 524/4.
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