Ebene Magazine – How Joe Roots Five-on-Eight compares to England’s Top Test Bowling Numbers

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Englishman Joe Root will play at the Kia Oval in London on day four of the fifth test match.

By Tom White, PA sports data journalist

Joe Root tore out the Indian tail in Ahmedabad to put his name in the Writing list of England’s cheapest five-wicket transports.

The captain’s numbers of five to eight in 6.2 staggerings of his part-time off spin led the hosts to score 145 on the third day-night test were fired.

Only twice has an English bowler conceded fewer runs while taking five or more wickets in a Test innings – although it’s worth noting that both of them took more than five scalps.

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George Lohmann leads eight to seven against South Africa in 1896 – the only English five with more wickets than runs – while Arthur Gilligan won six to seven against the same opposition in 1924.

Lohmann had first in South Africa Innings of 93 had already taken seven for 38 when he reduced it to eleven for the third time. Hugh Bromley-Davenport and Tom Hayward interfered with a wicket apiece, but Lohmann closed the deal by removing the last three duck batsmen.

The Proteas were out every 30 years, just as they did when Gilligan had teamed up with Maurice Tate (four for 12) to wreak havoc 28 years later. Gilligan added five to 83 on the second stroke of an innings win.

Root built on the efforts of spinner Jack Leach, who wreaked havoc on India’s top four-to-54 order on a field that was a confusing turn bot. India was sacked for 145, a lead of only 33 over England’s 112 on day one, but the chaos continued when Axar Patel started the innings in England with two wickets in the first three balls – with another one checking in between There are no other five-wicket trains for England with single-digit treads, although Johnny Briggs won eight for eleven in 1889 and Schofield Haigh won six for eleven in 1899 – both against South Africa. Ian Botham got five for eleven in his Ashes series of the same name in Edgbaston in 1981.

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Roots innings average, 1.60 runs per wicket, was lower than any other bar. Lohmann, Gilligan and Briggs, followed by Steve Harmison with his memorable seven to twelve against the West Indies in 2004. Stuart Broads eight to 15 in the ashes 2015 the only other England five to average better than two.

Roots efforts also made him the first English captain to take five wickets in an inning against New Zealand since Bob Willis in 1983.

Number 10 Ishant Sharma, the no-out batsman, provided a statistical note on the Indian side when he hit his top six in international cricket – in his 100th Test and 194th appearance in all formats.

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