Off the fourth ball of the tenth over of England's innings, Joe Root worked a pretty uneventful single off Jason Holder, for the 20th run of his 79-ball 84. The run was mundane, but it had much significance: it was his 1278th international run of the home season, making him the most prolific run-getter in international matches in an English summer.

Root, in having scored that single, went past Graham Gooch, who played only 15 innings in 10 matches in 1990, when he scored 1277, compared to Root's 24 this season. Gooch's body of work that season included the mammoth 333 against India at Lord's, which remains the third-highest Test score in England.

The top ten on the list of most runs in England during an international season consists entirely of England batsmen, with the only overseas player in the top 17 being Sir Viv Richards, who scored 1045 runs from only 10 innings in a sensational 1976 season.

The top ten is also made up almost entirely of specialist batsmen; the only exception being Andrew Flintoff, in fifth place. Flintoff had a terrific year in 2004, scoring 1115 runs from only 20 innings, including 512 in nine ODIs.

Most international runs in a season in England
Player Mat Inns Runs Ave 100s/ 50s Season
 JE Root  20  24  1342  61.00  3/ 9  2017
 GA Gooch  10  15  1277  91.21  5/ 4  1990
 AN Cook  17  20  1205  66.94  4/ 5  2011
 ME Trescothick  18  23  1196  59.8  4/ 4  2005
 A Flintoff  16  20  1115  65.58  4/ 7  2004
 KP Pietersen  19  25  1097  47.69  4/ 3  2007
 AJ Strauss  19  23  1086  49.36  2/ 8  2010
 JE Root  18  21  1069  59.38  4/ 3  2014
 JE Root  18  22  1050  52.5  1/ 8  2016
 IR Bell  17  19  1046  69.73  4/ 3  2011
 IVA Richards  7  10  1045  116.11  4/ 3  1976

Root's strength this home season has been his consistency in both Tests and ODIs. In 12 innings in Tests, he averages 60.75, with seven 50-plus scores, while in ODIs he has done even better, averaging 66.22 in 11 innings, with five 50-plus knocks. Root's 12 fifty-plus scores is also a record in England, bettering Flintoff's 11 in 2004.

Root has also become only the second player, after Marcus Trescothick, to go past 1000 international runs three times in an English season. Root had previously scored 1069 runs in 2014, and 1050 runs in 2016. Trescothick went past 1000 in each of the three years from 2003 to 2005. Given Root's age, form, consistency, and the packed cricket calendar these days, expect him to achieve this feat many more times through the remainder of his international career.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats