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England vs Pakistan 2016, 2nd ?Test Day 2: Stats – Joe Root’s incredible numbers and Yasir Shah's unwanted record

Interesting numbers from day two of the second Test between England and Pakistan.

Joe Root
Joe Root brought up his second Test double-hundred

If day one belonged to Alastair Cook, day two was all Joe Root as he helped England not only amass a massive first innings total but also etch his name into the record books. England’s bowlers did the rest as Pakistan ended day two of the second Test at Old Trafford, 532 runs behind England’s total.

Earlier in the day, it was all Root, who had useful contributions from Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow for company as he scored his career-best Test score, helping England score 589/8 before they declared.

In response, no Pakistan batsman, apart from Shan Masood was able to fend off the lively Woakes as the visitors ended the day on 57/4, a whopping 333 runs shy of even avoiding the follow-on, which seems a long away at 390.

Here are some interesting numbers from the day:

2 – This was England’s second-highest total against Pakistan in a Test and the fourth-highest by any team in a Test at Old Trafford. Their highest against Pakistan was achieved last year when they declared on 598/9. Only twice before have Pakistan conceded more than they did against England in the first innings, outside Asia.

3 – Only Denis Compton (278) and Alastair Cook (263) have scored more than Root’s 254, which is incidentally the third-highest score by an English batsman against Pakistan. It was also only the fourth 200 scored by an English batsman against Pakistan.

3 – Root’s 254 is the third-highest score by an English No.3 in Tests. The highest is Wally Hammond’s 336* against New Zealand while Tom Graveney 258 against West Indies at Trent Bridge is the second-best. Overall, only four English No.3s have managed a 250-plus score in Tests.

4 – In the list of most runs conceded by a Pakistan bowler in a Test innings, Yasir Shah comes in fourth. Khan Mohammad holds the record, having conceded 259 while Fazal Mahmood conceded 247 in the same Test against West Indies. Third on this list is Saqlain Mushtaq, who conceded 237 runs against South Africa in Cape Town.

6 – The difference between Chris Woakes’ bowling and batting average in this series is the sixth-highest for any Englishman who has at least 10 wickets and 100 runs in any Test series.

8.57 – Chris Woakes’ bowling average in the series until close of play on day two is a stunning 8.57. He has taken 14 wickets in this series, having taken just 16 in his first eight Tests.

9 –  Joe Root’s score of 254 is the ninth-highest Test score by an English batsman at home. This was also the 16th time overall that an England batsman scored more than 250 in Tests.

51.20 – Joe Root’s average at No.3 for England is currently 51.20. After his first 10 innnings in that position, he scored 258 at an average of 28.66 with a highest score of 87.

199 – Before Yasir Shah’s 213, the most runs conceded by a bowler after a ten-wicket haul in the previous Test was held by Ray Price who conceded 199 runs in the Bulawayo Test after taking 10 for 161 in the Harare Test against West Indies.

213 – Yasir Shah’s 213 runs is the most runs conceded by a Pakistani bowler in an innings in England and the highest at Old Trafford as well. The Old Trafford record was previously held by Australia’s Bill O’Reilly who conceded 189 runs while the previous Pakistani record was 192 held by Fazal Mahmood.

254 – This is Root’s fifth double hundred in first-class cricket and his career-best Test and first-class score. His previous-highest first-class score was 236 for Yorkshire against Derbyshire three years ago, while his best Test score was the 200 he scored against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in 2014.

256 – Joe Root fell just two runs shy of Ken Barrington’s 256, which is the highest score by an English batsman at Old Trafford. He also became only the second English batsman to score a double hundred at Old Trafford and his innings is the third-highest at the venue, behind Bob Simpson’s 311 and Barrington’s 256.

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