A pair of unbeaten fourth-innings centuries to Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow has led England to a record-breaking run chase within the fifth Take a look at in opposition to India.
Root (142 not out) and Bairstow (114 not out) mixed for an unbeaten 269-run stand as England chased down a complete of 378 with simply three wickets right down to tie the five-match collection at two video games apiece.
Root and Bairstow’s unbeaten 269 was the fourth-highest within the fourth innings of a Take a look at match and the second-highest unbeaten fourth-innings stand since Gordon Greenidge and Larry Gomes.
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In chasing down 378, England smashed its previous report chase, the well-known 359 it ran down in opposition to Australia within the 2019 Ashes when Ben Stokes single-handedly rescued a victory from the jaws of defeat at Headingley.
It was a bitter tablet to swallow for India, who had appeared poised to win the collection for almost all of the Take a look at. It was the primary time India had did not defend a complete of over 350 in its Take a look at historical past.
The chase was England’s fourth in extra of 250 in 2022, having run down totals of 279, 299 and 296 in opposition to New Zealand in a three-Take a look at collection final month.
All 4 chases have come since England appointed former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as its Take a look at coach after disastrous excursions of Australia and the West Indies, with the workforce’s aggressive strategy mirroring that of their Kiwi coach throughout his taking part in days.
Bairstow was named the Participant of the Match for his exceptional twin centuries, with the right-hander having scored 589 runs off 578 balls at a median of 196 in his final 5 Take a look at innings.
“It is about having the enjoyment issue, not afraid of failing, placing the stress again on the opposition,” Bairstow mentioned of the workforce’s recent mindset beneath McCullum.
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“We’ll lose video games alongside the way in which, however the constructive model is enjoyable to play.”
“It is right down to the gamers, making my job simpler,” England’s Take a look at skipper Stokes mentioned.
“When you might have readability like we do within the dressing room it makes totals like that simpler. 378 5 weeks in the past would have been scary, however it’s all good.
“We are attempting to rewrite how Take a look at cricket is being performed, in England specifically.
“We all know that we wish to give new life to Take a look at cricket, and the assist that we have had has been unimaginable. We’re bringing a brand new set of followers to Take a look at cricket. We wish to depart a mark.”
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