‘An all-time great’: Ganguly, Vaughan and others hail Joe Root as he completes 10,000 runs in Test cricket

Joe Root slammed a century unbeaten to help England pursue the 277 run target on day four of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and take a 1-0 lead in series. The former England captain also became just the second batter from his country to break the 10,000 cricket test point milestone with his prodigious ton. Root has now become the youngest to reach the 10,000 run milestone in the game’s longest format.

Invited to chase 277 runs in their second innings, England were in deep trouble on Day 3 after losing four wickets to 70 runs with Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow all back in the hut cheaply. Root combined with captain Ben Stokes to add 90 runs for the 5th wicket before taking the hosts on the line on Day 4.

Root completed his century in the morning session on Day 4 and added an unbeaten 120 run partnership with wicketkeeper striker Ben Foakes (32) to help England comfortably chase the target and win the game by five wickets.

En route to his stroke, Root became the second England batter after the legendary Alastair Cook to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He also joined Cook to become the youngest of the feat. Root, who was born on December 30, 1990, achieved the feat of 10,000 races when she was 31 years, 5 months and 5 days old. Cook was also 31 years, 5 months and 5 days old when he passed the 10,000 test run mark.

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Root has been hailed by many social media for his illustrious achievement as Sourav Ganguly, Michael Vaughan, VVS Laxman and others have praised the England striker for his brilliant stroke and tremendous achievement. Ganguly also called Root an all-time great.



At 31, Root was absolutely phenomenal in Test cricket and consistently produced runs for England in the whites. He has already passed the 10,000-run mark and is currently one of the few active hitters in the world who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in Test cricket history.

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Tendulkar scored 15,921 points in 200 Test matches during his illustrious career. Root currently has 10,015 runs to his name in 118 Tests for England. It needs 5,907 more runs to overtake the Master Blaster and create history. Root has now scored 26 centuries in his Test career so far.

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