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Rare Lord’s tons in successful run-chases

Only three players have scored a century in the fourth innings of a successful run chase at the Lord’s cricket ground.

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies iconic all rounder Gordon Greenidge was the first cricketer to score a century in the fourth innings of a successful chase at Lord’s when he blasted an unbeaten 214 against England in 1984.

Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain is only one of three batters to score a century in the fourth innings of a successful run chase at Lords. He achieved the feat in 2004 against New Zealand to take England to a famous test victory.

Joe Root

Joe Root was all smiles when England chased down New Zealand’s score of 277 in the fourth innings on the back of a Joe Root century to win by 5 wickets.

Joe Root, Player of the Match, was ecstatic after the match.

“Feels fantastic, winning a Test match after a long team is a great experience. I have really enjoyed it and looking forward to the rest of the summer. I always feel that we get great support and appreciate whether home or away and it is nice to see the crowd. Ben has won many Tests for us when I was captain, it’s a great chance for me to give it back to him. so I just want to keep batting as long as I can, win as many games for my side. As long as I have got the energy and drive to do it, I will do it. I could not have wished for a better person to be leading this team (Stokes). I am gonna be backing and do everything I can to help him become successful.”

In fact, this was Joe Root’s first century in the 4th innings as well. While Root has a tremendous record overall in Test cricket having made more than 10000 runs at an average of around 50 with 27 centuries and 53 half centuries, his record in the fourth innings of test cricket is not that great.

He has only managed 1142 runs from 42 matches at an average of 34.60 in the fourth innings of tests. Root did have five half centuries in the 4th dig of a test match but his ton against New Zealand and Lord’s was his first one in the fourth innings of a test.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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