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Route past Tendulkar and Gavaskar; England were then out for 236

Adelaide: England were unbeaten in the second match of the series. Gaba in Adelaide became the morgue of English batsmen in the first Pink Ball Test of the series. The only thing England can do on the third day is to hold on to a record-breaking half-century. Marnus Labouche (103) and David Warner (95), Steve Smith (93) and Alex Carey (51) declared their first innings at 473 for nine. In reply, England reached the crease in the first innings, 236 not out. Australia took a huge first innings lead of 237 runs. England reached the crease to resume the first innings on the third day at 17 for two. David Malan and Joe Root put on 138 for the third wicket. It was this combination that helped England cross the 200 mark. Malan scored 80 off 157 balls with 10 fours and Root 62 off 116 balls with seven fours. Only Ben Stotoks (34 off 98 balls) and Chris Vokes (24 off 40 balls) saw double figures in the English line-up after Malan and Root. Mitchell Starc took four wickets for 37 runs for Australia. Nathan Lyon took three for 58 and Cameron Green two for 24. Root surpassed Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar in being the highest run scorer in Test cricket in a calendar year. He has scored 1606 runs so far this calendar year. Root is the only battery to have crossed 1000 test runs in the 2021 calendar year. India’s Rohit Sharma is second with 906 runs. Root has scored 1606 runs so far this year, including six centuries and three fifties. Root has one more innings left in the Tests. It is also worth noting that England also have a Boxing Day Test this year. That means records may still be broken in front of the route. In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar scored 1562 runs. And Sunil Gavaskar 1555 in the 1979 calendar year. Root overtook them to become the fourth highest run scorer in a calendar year. Most runs in a calendar year in Tests: 1. Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan, 2006): 1788 runs 2. Viv Richards (West Indies, 1976): 1710 runs 3. Graeme Smith (South Africa, 2008): 1656 runs 4. Joe Root ( England, 2021): 1606 * runs 5. Michael Clarke (Australia, 2012): 1595 runs 6. Sachin Tendulkar (India, 2010): 1562 runs 7. Sunil Gavaskar (India, 1979): 1555 runs.