Stuart Broad grabbed the headlines following England's mauling of the West Indies in the day-night Test at Edgbaston as he moved past Sir Ian Botham and into second place on the list of England Test wicket-takers.
England's first day-night Test has been a roaring success, although they were massively helped by a poor West Indies batting line-up, the tourists losing 19 wickets on day three as they crumbled under the pressure of their hosts' mammoth first-innings total.
In this first Test England had West Indies following on and virtually down and out but Root still only had two slips and a gully, which comes from Anderson and Broad hating to concede runs.
West Indies will name their squad for that series, and the one-off Twenty20 global that precedes it, after this Test.
England debutant opener Mark Stoneman is cleaned up by West Indies' fast bowler Kemar Roach during the first Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.
I would say both are hard to captain and Joe Root is perhaps still coming to terms with dealing with them, unless his style is to be defensive. "We weren't at our best on day one, I thought a little indisciplined, but we were better today".
Broad has bowled well this summer without the rewards to show for it.
But he felt something different start to click in Birmingham.
"I needed that to be fair, I didn't look like scoring a run against the South Africans", he said with disarming honesty.
"I thought, 'Could this happen, could this be?'" I have a checklist at the end of each day and wickets doesn't even come into it. That is 133 more than Ambrose and Walsh and 165 more than Anderson and Broad, in the same number of games.
"To be fair, Jimmy is bowling as well as I've seen him bowl", said Broad. I hate being left, it feels like a waste, so the most important thing is that I make the batsmen play pretty much every ball.
"I think consistently for that seven-over period it was probably the most I made batsmen play a forward-defensive at me all summer". We'll share a bottle of wine later in the week.
"In the past couple of years he has spent more time in the changing room and the guys really listen to him". He is someone who is passionate about English cricket and you can tell he wants us to do well. "As soon as that goes, I'm gone".
Only James Anderson, who has 492 Test wickets to his credit, is now ahead of Broad among English cricketers.
At 35, Anderson has moved within eight Test wickets of becoming the first from this country to reach 500 - a feat Broad predicts will be far from the limit of his fellow seamer's remaining career potential.
Does that include another home Ashes, a target to strive for after this winter's tour to Australia?
Root said: "He's had a fantastic career to date, I'm sure there's plenty more in the tank". But there are four years between them and the younger man will still be only 33 by the 2019 Ashes series.
"I'll play as long as that competitive spirit and drive is there because that's what gets me up in the morning, that feeling of having a batsman drive at you, play and miss, the sort of theatre around that sort of stuff".