Joe Root overtakes Boycott and Prior as the England batsman with MOST run outs in Test history

Heroic centurion Joe Root breaks the record he DIDN’T want: Captain now has the most RUN OUTS in England Test history after he was caught out of his ground in the final over of the day after scoring a sublime 186

  • Joe Root has now been dismissed eight times in his test career via run out 
  • Oshada Fernando reacted quickly at short-leg and threw down at the stumps 
  • Root’s 8th run-out dismissal puts him ahead of Geoffrey Boycott and Matt Prior
  • The England captain scored a sublime 186 against Sri Lanka in the second Test 
  • REPORT: England reduce Sri Lanka’s lead to 42 runs with one wicket remaining

Joe Root has overtaken Geoffrey Boycott and Matt Prior as the England batsman with the most run outs in Test history after his unlucky dismissal against Sri Lanka on day three. 

The England skipper, who was once again majestic as he posted a sublime 186 to keep the tourists in the second Test match in Galle, was caught out of his ground in the final over of the day after Oshada Fernando’s quick reactions at short-leg. 

After also being victim of a run-out in the second-innings of last week’s first Test win, Root has now been dismissed eight times via run-out during his eight-year Test match career, one ahead of Boycott and Prior. 

Joe Root was run out in the final over of day three of England's second Test against Sri Lanka

Joe Root was run out in the final over of day three of England’s second Test against Sri Lanka

The England captain has now been run-out eight times during his test-career - the most of any England batsman ever in Test cricket

The England captain has now been run-out eight times during his test-career – the most of any England batsman ever in Test cricket

However, despite being top of the England list, he is only joint-16th in the all-time Test leaderboard for dismissals via run-out. 

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, famously run out in both the 2005 and 2009 Ashes, tops the list with 15 dismissals via run-out during his 17-year Test career.

Second on the list is India’s Rahul Dravid who was dismissed 13 times via run-out, and Australia’s Allan Border and Matthew Hayden are on 12. 

After making his Test debut back in 2012, Root was run-out for the first time in 2013, but has been the unfortunate victim twice in the past week – he is currently playing in his 98th Test match.

Out of the current England Test squad, Moeen Ali has been run-out the second-most, with three dismissals.  

The England captain scored another century as he carried England's hopes against Sri Lanka

The England captain scored another century as he carried England’s hopes against Sri Lanka

A miscommunication with Jonny Bairstow resulted in a run-out last week during the second-innings. 

Root had hit a memorable double-hundred in the first innings of the first Test and he followed that up by posting a score 14 runs short of repeating the same feat in the second Test on Sunday. 

However, despite the England captain’s heroics, the tourists are still 42 runs short of Sri Lanka’s first innings total with just one wicket remaining.   

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