Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow lead England to victory over India with a record Test run chase

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have shredded India with unbeaten centuries as England rewrote history by winning their series-deciding Test by seven wickets on the last day at Edgbaston.

Needing 119 more runs to register its highest successful run chase of 378 in Test cricket, England cruised to 378-3 half an hour before lunch with just the latest blockbuster chase of the summer.

“We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is being played, in England in particular,” captain Ben Stokes said of their new aggressive approach.

“We know that we want to give new life to Test cricket, and the support that we’ve had has been incredible. We are bringing a new set of fans to Test cricket. We want to leave a mark.”

Root crafted his fifth Test hundred of the year to be 142 not out while Bairstow’s purple patch continued as he reached 114 not out – his second century of the Test and fourth in his last five innings.

India went into the Test leading 2-1 and on course for its first series win in England in 15 years. Instead, India conceded its most ever runs in the fourth innings of a loss, and the series was drawn.

England pulled off a fourth straight successful run chase after New Zealand were swept 3-0 last month under the new management of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.


Root and Bairstow came together soon after tea on Monday when England lost three wickets in the space of 16 deliveries. The Yorkshiremen commanded India’s pace threat of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj by combining in a majestic 269-run stand at more than 5 runs per over.

“Just two lads from Yorkshire, grown up playing together from academy to Test matches, it’s pretty special,” Bairstow said of his association with Root.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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