Joe Root equals AB de Villiers’s record of scoring half centuries in 12 successive Tests

England’s Test captain Joe Root has achieved a unique milestone to become the second batsman besides South Africa’s AB de Villiers to score consecutive half centuries in 12 successive Test matches.

He notched up his 31st half-century in the second test at Headingley against West Indies. His first fifty came against Bangladesh in Bangladesh in October 2016 and then went onto score consistently for his side. In this period, He has scored three centuries for England.

AB de Villiers had scored six tons in making the record of producing consecutive half centuries in 12 games on the trot. Root surpassed the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sir Viv Richards, who had scored 11 half centuries in 11 consecutive Test matches. Joe Root has been dependable player for England in the last two years despite the side’s brittle top order since 2012.