Root’s conversion rate problem

CricViz analyses Joe Root’s conversion rate in Test cricket. 

Joe Root is a phenomenal batsman – since his Test debut he is the leading run-scorer in Test cricket with 5322 runs.

However, one aspect of his game that he has really struggled with is converting fifties into hundreds. While conversion rate is a fairly arbitrary statistic, driven by cricket’s fascination with milestones, it is an intriguing failing.

Since his Test debut he has scored 32 fifties and 13 hundreds, giving him a conversion rate of 29%. This conversion rate is below the global average since his Test debut of 32%.

Root is currently ranked second in the ICC Test match batting rankings – of the top ten ranked batsmen, he has the worst conversion rate.

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