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Joe’s conversion problem taking Root in England ranks?

Root has not converted any of his last 11 Test fifties into three figures.

Joe Root again failed to push on to a Test century against India – and the captain’s problem may be spreading to his England team-mates.

Root was run out for 80 by his opposite number Virat Kohli at Edgbaston, meaning he has now not converted any of his last 11 Test half-centuries into a hundred.

That record extends to two hundreds out of 16 50 or higher scores since taking the captaincy, in which time several England batsmen have suffered the same issue.

Struggle for centuries

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In 17 Tests under Root since July 2017, England players have collectively posted 61 scores of 50 or more – but only nine centuries.

Root himself is the headline act but Dawid Malan, whose place in the middle order has been the subject of speculation, has converted only once in seven attempts.

Axed opener Mark Stoneman managed five half-centuries but, remarkably, a top score of only 60 while James Vince and Moeen Ali are also currently out of the team after failing to convert from three half-centuries apiece.

No England batsman has more than two centuries in Root’s reign, with the skipper matched by Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.

Six of the 61 scores of 50 or more belong to lower-order batsmen who can probably be excused – two each from Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes and one apiece for Dom Bess and Mark Wood. Moeen also made his half-centuries from number seven or eight.

Rivals put England in the shade

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England’s record equates to a conversion rate of only 14.8 per cent – dismal in comparison to current opponents India and Ashes rivals Australia.

The pair have played 11 Tests apiece since July 2017, to England’s 17, but both have more hundreds from their batsmen as well as a significantly higher conversion rate.

Australia players have reached or passed 50 on 34 occasions in that time and taken 11 of those on to three figures – led by three apiece from disgraced pair Steve Smith and David Warner.

Shaun Marsh has converted two out of four with only Usman Khawaja (one out of five) and Cameron Bancroft, with three half-centuries but a best of 82 not out, lagging behind.

India’s record is even more impressive, with 37 scores of 50 or more, including 17 centuries – a 45.9 per cent conversion rate.

Kohli has seven scores of 50 or more in that time including five tons, Murali Vijay has hit three centuries without being dismissed at all between 50 and 100 and only KL Rahul, with four unconverted half-centuries, has failed to push on.

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