The upcoming Test against India will be a special one for the current England captain as it will mark his 100th appearance for his country in the longest format of the game.
Having made his debut against the same opposition and in the same country back in 2012, where he instantly impressed with a patient 73, Joe Root has gone on to become one of the leading batsmen in the world across all formats of the game.
Root is coming off a bumper series in Sri Lanka where he scored a couple of daddy hundreds to leapfrog legends like Kevin Pietersen and Geoffrey Boycott to become the 4th highest run-scorer for England in Test match cricket.
“In time we’ll be talking about Joe Root as being England’s best ever player,” Michael Vaughan said on Test Match Special podcast.
“He is up there with the best and he will be talked about as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, players across all the formats,” he added. He’s going to play many, many more. He’ll get thousands more Test match runs.” he added.
Joe Root currently has 8249 runs in 99 Tests at an average of 49.39. Can he break his former skipper Alastair Cook’s record of most Test runs by an English batsman? The man himself, Alastair Cook, certainly believes that in terms of pure talent, hunger and ability, there is no reason why Joe Root can’t go past his record.
“In terms of pure talent, hunger and ability, he should probably fly past my record – and he’ll deserve play for as long as possible”. Cook said.
Meanwhile, Joe Root expressed his delight at the prospect of playing 100 Test matches for his country. The Yorkshireman added that he is looking forward to representing England for as long as possible.
“It feels like yesterday I was walking out in Nagpur. I don’t know where the time has gone,” Joe Root said. Hopefully it’s not near the end of the journey. I believe there’s plenty more games to come and plenty more fantastic memories to make. I’m very excited for this week,” he added.
“I love playing for England. I love playing cricket. I love this format and I want to see myself play as long as I’m still enjoying it. For now, I can’t see when that’s going to stop.” he said.