Vinod Kambli’s record was intact for the last 30 years. Harry Brook broke it on Friday. The English batsman is batting brilliantly in the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand. On the very first day he broke the precedent of Kambli. That aggressive cricket can be only new normal in Tests under McCullum’s umbrella. can be played in Tests, Brook proved once again on Friday.
Kambli had the most runs in the first 9 innings of his Test career so far. He scored 798 runs. Brook has surpassed that number. He stood unbeaten on 184 on the first day on Friday. He has already scored 807 runs in the first 9 innings. That number could increase further on Saturday.
After Kambli was Herbert Sutcliffe. His runs were 780 in the first 9 innings. This was followed by Sunil Gaoskar (778) and Everton Weeks (777). Brooks has surpassed everyone. However, Gaoskar still holds the record for the best Test average after the first 9 innings (129.66). Brook is next with an average of 100.88.
England won the first test. They were in the driver’s seat at the end of the day despite losing the toss and batting first and losing three early wickets. England put 315 runs on the board on the first day. Joe Root also scored a century. After the match, Brook said,
“I played today with the mentality that I go into every match with in Test cricket. There was no separate preparation.”
Harry Brook holds ample proofs of Baz’s planted agressive approach in the team
Don Bradman has the highest average in the history of Test cricket. He scored 6996 runs in 52 matches at 99.94. Australia’s Adam Voges is in second place. He scored 1485 runs in 20 Tests at 61.87. Former South African cricketer Graeme Pollock is in third place. He scored 2256 runs in 23 Tests at 60.97. Brook surpassed everyone in Test cricket with an unbeaten first innings against New Zealand. Before this Test, Brooke had scored 623 runs at an average of 77.87 in five Tests. However, if he gets out, he will not be able to maintain an average of more than 100.
Root stood unbeaten with Brook on the pitch. At the end of the first day, he scored 101 runs. England’s start, however, was not so bright. The visitors lost 3 wickets for just 21 runs. Two openers Jack Crawley (2) and Ben Duckett (9) walked towards the pavillion early on. Ollie Pope (10) who came at number three without also left early. Root and Brook led the team’s innings under pressure. They handled the initial shock. They added 294 runs to their unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket. The first could manage 65 overs day due to bad weather. Although England’s scoreboard won’t possibly indicate such weather hazards.
England’s batsmen scored an average of 4.84 runs per over. Brook was the most aggressive. None of New Zealand’s bowlers could benefit much in front of the batting due to the two’s strength. Matt Henry took 2 wickets with 64 runs for New Zealand. Tim Southee got 1 wicket for 48 runs. It was Southee only whom the English gave a bit of respect.
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