Better than Don Bradman? English youngster Harry Brook broke some all-time records with his 184-run knock vs NZ in 2nd Test
In test cricket, there has been a shift in playing style over the last 7-8 months. Specifically, it is the English approach of "Bazball" that has caught the attention of the world. They have been playing some really good cricket of late and have taken the world by storm under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
And one of the prime reasons for England's recent success is the young middle-order batter Harry Brook, who has proved to be a brilliant all-format player for his country in the last six months or so. Brook continued his brilliant form in the ongoing test series against New Zealand as well.
England and New Zealand are playing two tests in New Zealand. Brook smashed two half centuries in the first test at Bay Oval to help his team register a 267-run victory over the Kiwis. Then, in the second match, he carried on the momentum and scored a big century to put his team in the driver's seat.
England finished Day 1 of the second test in Wellington at 315/3 in 65 overs; the third session was cancelled due to inclement weather. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl. They picked up the first three English wickets for just 21 runs, which brought Brook to the crease.
After that, it was just him and former England captain Joe Root who led England to strong position. Root brought up his 29th test century and remained unbeaten on 101 runs with seven fours.
On the other hand, Brook was not out at 184 off just 169 runs with 24 boundaries and five sixes. With this knock, the 24-year-old broke multiple records. He became the fastest batter to score 800 test runs which came in his 9th innings only. He set the record for most runs after nine innings.
Brook has now scored 807 runs in 9 innings at an incredible average of 100.88 and a strike rate of 99.38, with four centuries and three half-centuries. He surpassed Vinod Kambli's record of 798 runs in the first nine innings.
Meanwhile, it was his fourth century in his sixth test, and he has equaled the record of Australian legend Don Bradman for four centuries in his first six tests of a career. Brook did it in his ninth inning, while Bradman took 11 innings to do so.