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Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow break a 117-year-old batting record

India Today logo India Today 10-05-2016
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England batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow warmed up for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in style as the duo smashed a host of Yorkshire records in their triple-century stand against Surrey on Monday.

Root finished the second day of the County Championship match unbeaten on 190 while Bairstow posted 198 to help Yorkshire reach 486 for five at Headingley.

Yorkshire suffered early jolts to find themselves struggling at 45 for 3 in the 11th over in reply to Surrey's 330 before Root and Bairstow joined forces to stitch a massive 372-run stand for the fourth wicket in only 67 overs.

The duo broke the 117-year-old record for the highest stand (340) by a Yorkshire pair against Surrey at The Oval, which had been achieved by George Hirst and Ted Wainwright in 1899.

Boost for England

After that they went past Darren Lehmann and Michael Lumb's 10-year-old record of 358-run stand for the best fourth-wicket stand in the club's history.

The partnership ended when Bairstow was caught by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip as the batsman missed out on his second double century inside a month. Bairstow made 246 against Hampshire earlier.

This will surely boost England's confidence ahead of their first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Thursday.

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Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan bats during the third day of the first test cricket match against India in Galle, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Crazy cricket records

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