Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credits: Twitter

England’s 31-year-old batting phenom, Joe Root, brought up his 26th career hundred in the first Test at Lord’s against New Zealand and breached the 10,000-run mark in the process.

Root, needing just 23 runs to complete the feat at the end of play on Day 3, went about his business as usual and brought up the milestone with a flick through midwicket off Tim Southee.

He is only the second English batter after Sir Alastair Cook to go past 10,000 runs in Test cricket and interestingly enough, he did it at the same age (31 years and 157 days) as the former left-hander.

Joe Root Enters The 10000 Test Runs Club With A Remarkable Century, Becomes Only The Second English Cricketer After Alastair Cook To Achieve The Feat
Alastair Cook. (Credits: Twitter)

Cook was on air during the innings and was immensely proud of the achievement. “I was so glad I was here to witness that – an unbelievable knock by an unbelievable player. He is the most complete England batsman in all forms,” Cook said on BBC Test Match Special.

Root now joins an elite list of players to have crossed the mark. He is the joint-youngest to do so alongside Cook and has the opportunity to climb up further on the list considering the excellent form he is in.

Joe Root
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Sachin Tendulkar currently leads the way for most runs in Test cricket history with 15,921 runs. Root is the 14th highest at the moment and could well overtake Younis Khan (10,099) and Sunil Gavaskar (10,122) by the end of the 3-match series against New Zealand.

Joe Root youngest to reach the 10,000-run mark:

Joe Root (England) – 31 years, 5 months, 5 days – 5 June 2022
Alastair Cook (England) – 31 years, 5 months, 5 days – 30 May 2016
Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 31 years, 10 months, 20 days – 16 March 2005
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 33 years, 4 months, 11 days – 27 Feb 2009
Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 33 years, 5 months, 11 days – 30 May 2008

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