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Stats: Four highest batting averages for England in Test cricket

 Batsman Joe Root is the new sensation of England cricket. The 24 years right-handed batman scored a hundred in the ongoing Ashes match at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. His century not only helped England to recover from the early slump, but also anchored England innings to a big score of 430.

The stylish batsman is being considered as big bet for England for this Ashes, and there is a hope that he will provide durability to the middle order.

Joe Root made his debut against India in England 2012 tour of India. Since then, he scored 2467 runs in 51 innings of 28 matches with an astonishing average of 56.06.

In the history of England cricket only four cricketers have more than fifty plus average with more than two thousand runs, and Root is one of them as he joined his predecessor as the fourth batsman.

But, in Root, England is searching a batsman like Herbert Sutcliffe as for a long time England did not enjoy service of a consistent batsman. Two English batmen, who finished their career with more than 50 plus score, had played before the Second World War, and another batsman took retirement in 1968. So, in this aspect, Root is first in four decades performing for England with enviable average.  

Match

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

100s

50s

28

51

7

2467

200*

56.06

7

12

 

Before Root, only three batsmen played the game of cricket with more than fifty plus score, they are:

Wally Hammond

The judgment of cricket history is that the greatest batsmen the game has known are – in order of appearance, only – WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Walter Hammond and Don Bradman. Others may come close indeed to those four but do not quite take place with them. It is, of course, coincidence that two of them played for Gloucestershire; but without doubt Hammond, although he was not a native of that county, succeeded by right and without question to the eminence there previously occupied solely by Dr Grace.

 

Match

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

100s

50s

85

140

16

7249

336*

58.45

22

24

 

Ken Barrington

A thickset 5ft 9ins, crinkly haired and strong-featured, in anything but batting gear Barrington was jovial and gregarious, always ready to see the best in everyone and every situation. Famous for mixed metaphors, his best-known quip came in answer to a Surrey fan commiserating over his lack of form after a sequence of four low single-figure scores, two ducks among them.

   

Match

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

100s

50s

82

131

15

6806

256

58.67

20

35

Herbert Sutcliffe

The First World War delayed his entry into county cricket until he was 24 years old when, after demobilisation from a commission in the Green Howards, he was given a place in the Yorkshire side. His quality was never in doubt and by the end of the 1919 season he had scored five centuries in an aggregate of 1,839 runs. Sutcliffe’s Test match association with J. B. Hobbs, for this became the most accomplished of all opening partnerships. Sutcliffe’s good fortune, however, was only in the presentation of opportunity. Seizure of it was his own merit and with one partner or another he constructed 145 first-wicket century stands.

Match

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

100s

50s

54

84

9

4555

194

60.73

16

23

 

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