Joe Root has become the top run-scorer in international matches in a calendar year in England. Surpassing Graham Gooch’s 1277 runs in 1990.
It was his 1278 international run of the home season, making him the most runs scored in international matches in England.
Root, in having scored that single, went past Graham Gooch, who played only 15 innings in 10 matches in 1990. When he scored 1277, compared to Root’s 24 this season.
Gooch’s body of work that season included the 333 against India at Lord’s. Which remains the third-highest Test score in England.
Most runs in England during an international season consists entirely of England batsmen. With the only overseas player in the top 17 being Sir Viv Richards, who scored 1045 runs from only 10 innings in a sensational 1976 season.
The top ten is also made up almost entirely of specialist batsmen. The only exception being Andrew Flintoff, in fifth place. Flintoff had a terrific year in 2004, scoring 1115 runs from only 20 innings, including 512 in nine ODIs.