TOP SPIN ON THE TEST Root overtakes Cook as top England run-scorer

TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: Joe Root overtakes Alastair Cook as England’s leading run-scorer in all formats, scoring his first Test 50 in 12 innings… while Stuart Broad moves into the top 10 most-capped Test cricketers list

  • Joe Root surpassed Alastair Cook as England’s leading run-scorer in all formats
  • Root made the milestone after reaching 23 v India, his total runs now 15,780 
  • Stuart Broad’s 149th cap made him the joint 10th most capped Test player ever

England fell to another woeful batting effort on day one of in the first Test against India at Trent Bridge, collapsing to 183 all out.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, England battled to 138 for three when Mohammad Shami trapped Jonny Bairstow lbw. From then on, England’s remaining six wickets withered away for just 45 runs, with India batting to the close of play on 21 for no loss. 

Here, Sportsmail‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH looks at the main takeaways from the short burst of action from day one at Trent Bridge. 

England collapsed to another terrible batting effort on day one of the first Test against India

India’s seamers took England’s batting apart, with the final six wickets falling for just 45 runs

When Joe Root hit Mohammed Siraj through the covers to move to 23, he became England’s leading run-scorer in all formats, overhauling Alastair Cook’s tally of 15,737.

He finished with 15,780 after scoring his first Test half-century in 12 innings – his longest streak without one.

Dom Sibley reached lunch on 18, thought to be the lowest score by an England opener in the first full session of a first Test since Chris Smith got to the break on 12 against Pakistan at Karachi in 1983-84.

Joe Root became England’s top run-scorer in all formats with a mammoth 15,780 runs

Rory Burns made his fourth duck in nine Test innings in 2021, despite top-scoring for England during the two-match series against New Zealand. 

Dan Lawrence, meanwhile, made his third duck in his last four innings.

Stuart Broad won his 149th Test cap, moving him into the top 10 – level with Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene – of the most-capped Test cricketers of all time.

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