TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Joe Root equals record for most half-centuries without reaching triple figures Down Under while Haseeb Hameed brings up England’s FIFTIETH duck of 2021
- Joe Root has equalled the record for most half centuries without 100 in Australia
- The England star’s 50 was his ninth half century without reaching three figures
- Root’s tally at the MCG moved him to the third highest yearly total of all time
- Haseeb Hameed brought up England’s fiftieth duck of the calendar year
Joe Root has now made nine half-centuries in Australia without reaching three figures – equalling Australian opener Bruce Laird’s record in this country.
Three players have made eight fifties here without a hundred: Shane Warne, Nasser Hussain and Tom Hayward, an England opener from the early 20th century.
By moving to 1,680 Test runs in 2021, Root moved up to third on all the time-list for the highest tally in a single year, passing former South African captain Graeme Smith’s 1,656 in 2008.
Joe Root equalled the record for most half-centuries without reaching a ton in Australia
The England captain’s 50 at the MCG was his ninth half century without going onto score 100
Only Viv Richards (1,710 in 1976) and Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006) are ahead of him.
When Haseeb Hameed was caught behind off Pat Cummins’s fifth ball, he brought up England’s 50th duck of 2021. Barring a meltdown in their second innings, they should at least not now break their own world record of 54, set in 1998.
Hameed’s partnership of four with Zak Crawley took the aggregate for England’s opening stands in this series to 38 runs at an average of 7.60.
Only once before has their first-wicket partnership fared worse in Australia – back in 1876-77, the very first Test tour of them all.
England have now been dismissed for fewer than 200 on 12 occasions in 2021. And they have failed to reach 300 a further six times.
England opener Haseeb Hameed brought up England’s fiftieth duck of the calendar year