Joe Root reached a milestone in his cricketing career during the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval as the England skipper became only the third youngest batsmen to reach the 7,000 run mark in the longest format of the game.Root achieved the landmark at the age of 28 years and 256 days and is now behind only his predecessor Sir Alastair Cook (27 years, 346 days) and India legend Sachin Tendulkar (28 years, 193 days).Playing in his 86th Test match, Root also became the the fourth quickest English batsmen (158 innings) and only 12th cricketer from his country to achieve the feat. Only Wally Hammond, Kevin Pietersen and Cook are faster than Root to 7,000 Test runs.Moreover, Root also surpassed the Australia great Don Bradman in the all-time Test run-scorer list. Sir Don Bradman finished his Test career with 6996 runs after his infamous second-ball duck against England in 1948.On Thursday, luck seemed to be on Joe Root’s side as he got his 45th Test fifty after being dropped thrice in the game. Root was first badly dropped on 24 by Peter Siddle at fine leg after playing a casual pull stroke, was also put down by Tim Paine off Cummins as the wicketkeeper failed to take the ball one-handed in front of first slip and England reached lunch at 86-1.Root was given another life when Steve Smith spilled a sharp chance in the slips but Burns hit seven fours in another determined knock.However, despite given so many chances, the England skipper failed to capitalise on the lifelines as he once again failed to convert hid fifty into a hundred. It was Root’s 5th fifty in the ongoing Ashes series and the batsman has been under criticism for not being able to take it far after starting out well.advertisementIt was also the the ninth time that Joe Root had passed the 50-run mark since his previous hundred against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.Also Read | Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithAlso Read | 2019 a success for England despite missing out on the Ashes: Joe Root
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)It seems like Ryan Day’s first duty as Ohio State head coach has been to raid the staffs of other Big Ten programs for assistant coaching hires.First, Day poached Greg Mattison and Al Washington from Michigan. Now, he’s added another staff member from a Big Ten East program.According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Ohio State is hiring Maryland’s Matt Barnes as its new special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.Barnes has spent three the last three seasons as Maryland’s linebackers coach, and he added the responsibility of special teams coordinator in 2018.SOURCE: #OhioState is expected to hire #Maryland’s Matt Barnes as Buckeyes new special teams coordinator/assistant secondary coach.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2019Prior to Maryland, Barnes spent the 2015 season at Michigan. He was at Florida from 2012-14.Barnes began his coaching career at Delaware Valley College in 2009.Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a 13-1 record, a Big Ten title and a win in the Rose Bowl.