Joe in Complete Command

Galle – It is now four double-centuries in Test matches for Joe Root. His innings of 228 saw Joe in complete command on the third morning of the first Test.

The scorecard shows that both Sri Lanka and England have struggled with the bat in their respective first innings. The pitch is far from docile, yet Joe has been the one batter in control and playing with a sense of ease.

His 321 ball 228 (1 six, 18 fours), saw England through to 421 all out. After the departure of Jos Buttler (30), England suffered a lower order collapse. With an eye on the declaration, Joe was the last batter out when caught deep in the out-field.

While scoring his double century, Joe passed 8000 Test match runs and 12000 first class runs. The record books also show, only two England players Wally Hammond and Alastair Cook have scored more Test double centuries than Joe.

Trailing by 286, Sri Lanka showed resilience in their second innings, ending on 156-2.

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