Nottingham - England's Joe Root and James Anderson have set a new record for the most runs scored by a tenth-wicket partnership in Test cricket, on the fourth day of the first Test against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday.The duo's stand of 198 surpassed the previous tenth-wicket Test record of 163 -- shared by Australia's Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar against England, also at Trent Bridge, last year.
Root and Anderson's effort was the second impressive tenth-wicket stand of the match after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammed Shami (51 not out) had put on 111 for India in a first innings total 457.
Yet, thanks to Root (154 not out) and Anderson, eventually dismissed for a Test-best 81, England achieved a first-innings lead of 39 runs, having been 298 for nine on Friday.
This match was also the first in 137 years of Test cricket where both sides had seen their last-wicket duo share hundred partnerships and where both number elevens -- Shami and Anderson -- had made fifties.
Left-handed batsman Anderson was eventually out shortly after lunch, having failed to add to his interval score, when he was well caught at first slip by Shikhar Dhawan after edging an intended drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished with a Test-best haul of five for 82.
Anderson's score was the third highest by an Test No 11 following Agar's 98 at Trent Bridge last year and Tino Best's 95 for the West Indies against England at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground in 2012.
England's Joe Root (154 not out) and James Anderson (81) posted a new Test record tenth-wicket partnership of 198 on the fourth day of the series opener against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
That surpassed the previous record of 163 set by Australia's Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar against England at the same Trent Bridge ground a year ago.
The 10 highest last-wicket Test partnerships (partners, runs, team, opponents, date):
Joe Root/James Anderson 198 ENG v IND, Nottingham, 2014
Phil Hughes/Ashton Agar 163 AUS v ENG, Nottingham, 2013
Brian Hastings/Richard Collinge 151 NZL v PAK, Auckland, 1973
Azhar Mahmood/Mushtaq Ahmed 151 PAK v RSA, Rawalpindi, 1997
Denesh Ramdin/Tino Best 143 WIS v ENG, Birmingham, 2012
Wasim Raja/Wasim Bari 133 PAK v WIS, Bridgetown, 1977
Sachin Tendulkar/Zaheer Khan 133 IND v BAN, Dhaka, 2004
R. E. Foster/Wilfred Rhodes 130 ENG v AUS, Sydney, 1903
Ken Higgs/John Snow 128 ENG v WIS, The Oval, 1966
John Taylor/Arthur Mailey 127 AUS v ENG, Sydney, 1924