Joe Root celebrates after reaching his century on Day 4 of the first Test against New Zealand.© AFP
Joe Root was the toast to the cricketing world on Sunday as his fine undefeated century helped England beat New Zealand by five wickets in the opening Test at Lord’s to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-game streak. Root also joined an elite roster of players to score 10,000 runs in the longest format, becoming the youngest alongside Alastair Cook to do so. After Joe Root’s exploits at Lord’s, accolades poured in for the Englishman from all parts of the world. Former Australia captain Mark Taylor was also effusive in his praise, going so far as to say Root could very well break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 15,921 runs in test cricket.
“Root has at least five years to go, so I think Tendulkar’s record is very achievable,” Mark Taylor told Sky Sports.
“Root hits as good as I’ve seen him hit in the last 18 months to two years. He’s in the prime of his career so there’s 15,000 plus points for him if he stays healthy,” the former Australian added. skipper.
Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain added to Root: “He’s always looked like a world-class player. His technique is pretty much what it was, he’s got a straight rhythm and fluidity in his game. There’s a whole bunch of runs left in him .
“(Getting 10,000 test drives) is a special day and one he absolutely deserves after all he’s been through as England captain in recent years – Covid, bubble life and losing test matches.”
“He must have felt like the weight of the world was on his shoulders. Everything to do with English cricket knocked on his door.”
Root became only the second Englishman to reach the milestone after Cook and 14th overall. He reached the 10,000 run mark in his 218th innings to become England’s fastest batter. Cook had reached the 10,000-run in his 229th innings.
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