The flat and boring pitch at Trent Bridge at Nottingham for the First Investec Test between England and India resulted in a new world record on the penultimate day’s play. And that is Joe Root and James Anderson putting on as many as 198 runs for the 10th wicket partnership!
The last wicket pair of Joe Root and James Anderson broke the previously held record by the Australian pair of Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar. The Aussies had created this record in the 2013 Ashes Test match at this very ground Trent Bridge which kind of proves its history of being a flattish placid surface. Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar had put on 163 runs then.
If we can recollect Ashton Agar is quite an accomplished batsman who came in at no. 11 on his Test debut to score 98. And this was almost exactly an year ago at the same venue in Nottingham! Compared to Ashton Agar, James Anderson is a rank no. 11 batsman who has over the years worked hard on his defence and has gradually picked up a few scoring shots.
The record 10th wicket stand between Joe Root and James Anderson had lasted as many as 360 balls to turn the tables on India. When the two got together, England were a long way in the deficit at 298 for 9 and ended up taking a lead of 39 runs.
Well James Anderson missed out on a century by 19 runs. Nevertheless this 81 from him which came in 130 balls is his highest Test score and also the only Test fifty he has. Anderson’s 81 is the highest score by an English no.11. The only other no.11 who scored a fifty for England was John Snow way back in 1966 against West Indies at The Kennington Oval.
Jimmy Anderson’s 81 is now behind Ashton Agar’s 98 and Tino Best’s 95 in the all-time highest score by a no.11 in the history of Test cricket.