England skipper Joe Root produced yet another classy hundred and stitched a 200-run stand with opener Dominic Sibley (87) to put the visitors in command on Day 1 of the first Test.

Joe Root’s century puts England in command against India. (AP Photo)


  • Joe Root became the fifth captain to hit hundred in 100th Test
  • This is Joe Root’s 5th hundred vs India, 2nd ton in India
  • Root is 3rd England player after Cowdrey, Stewart to score ton in their 100th Test

What a year 2021 has been for the England skipper Joe Root already as he hit his third consecutive century on Friday against an Indian bowling line-up that just did not know how to trouble the batsman.

In-form Root produced yet another classy hundred and stitched a 200-run stand with opener Dominic Sibley (87) to put England in command against India on the first day of the opening Test at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The visitors ended Day 1 of the first Test at 263/3 and Root said that it was special to be playing his 100th Test match and score runs in it, but added that what matters now is to be able to get a result in this game. When asked where this century stands in his list of hundreds, he said that ‘your best hundred is your next one’.

“This may sound a little corny but I’m a firm believer than your best hundred is your next one. It is really special right now but it will mean a lot more if we can get a result out of this game, and there is still plenty of cricket left to be played in this game.

“But it obviously is a treat to be in my 100th game and to be able to get some runs in it is very special in itself. So hopefully there is plenty more to come and this could contribute to a pretty substantial first innings total,” Root said at the end of Day 1.

Wicket will spin a lot more as game goes on, says Root

Root said that his aim was not to target any bowler in particular but he just wanted to spend more time at the crease.

“I was just trying to get used to the surface, get used to the bounce, and as I got in, I found it easier. Like anything, the longer you’re in, the easier it becomes. It was about trying to build a partnership and take it as deep as we could into the day,” he said.

Root also said that the wicket was a good one, and that he reckons it will spin a lot more as the game goes on.

“We need to make sure tomorrow that we make use of a strong first day. It’s an unusual looking surface but it played pretty well. On the slower side, but I think it’s going to spin as the game goes on,” Root added.

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