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4 players who averaged the highest for their sides in four or more consecutive Test series

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Modified 11 Jan 2018, 16:56 IST

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Joe Root had a disappointing Ashes series

England played four full-fledged series in the last twelve months, two were away, in India and Australia and the other two were at home, against South Africa and West Indies.

Remarkably, Root averaged the highest among Englishmen in all the four series and thus equalled the English record set by Sir Len Hutton in the early 1950s. Here we will look in detail at the batsmen who achieved this feat in four or more consecutive series. (Only players who played all the matches of the series have been considered)

#1 Joe Root

Against India (2016-17): England toured India in 2016-17 and played five Test matches in which Root scored 491 runs at an impressive average of 49. Though England lost the series 4-0, Root's batting was a positive. Liam Dawson averaged 66 in the series but he played only one of the Test matches.

Against South Africa (2017): A four-Test series at home in which Root once again excelled. England won the series by a margin of 3-1 and Root scored 461 runs at an average of 58. He scored 20% of England's runs in this series.

Against West Indies (2017): Once again Root scored heavily. He amassed 268 runs at an average of 67 from the three Test matches. Chris Woakes averaged higher but he played in only one of the matches.

Against Australia (2017-18): A forgettable Ashes series for England and Root. The team lost the series 0-4 and Root, despite crossing 50 on five occasions, couldn't score a century in the series. He still averaged the highest among Englishmen, courtesy his 58 'retired ill' in the second innings of the Sydney Test.

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Published 11 Jan 2018, 16:56 IST
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