Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root has become only the second player to amass 10,000 Test runs for his country.

During a match-winning hundred against New Zealand on Sunday, Joe Root became only the second England batsman to score 10,000 Test runs.

As he hit a match-winning century against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday, England batsman Joe Root became the country’s second-ever 10,000-run Test run-scorer. The 31-year-controlled old’s 115 not out helped England beat the defending World Test Championship winners by five wickets, despite being in trouble at 69 for four. England captain Joe Root is generally referred to be one of cricket’s “Big Four” batsmen alongside Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, and Kane Williamson.

Alastair Cook, the only other England batsman to achieve more than 10,000 Test runs, was replaced as captain in 2017 by Joe Root. Root went on to captain England for the most Tests (64), winning 27 of them. Ben Stokes, Root’s deputy, has taken over as captain. Vaughan, the former captain of the English cricket team, believes Root is capable of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record of 15921 runs.

“For me, Joe Root stands alongside Graham Gooch as England’s greatest batters, and the way he is going he might overtake the Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most Test runs,” Vaughan said in a column for ‘The Telegraph’ headed, “Joe Root is England’s finest ever—now Sachin Tendulkar should look out.”

It’s a long way off, but if James Anderson can play until he’s 40, I have faith that Joe can, too.” That’s how much he enjoys batting. He has a strong will to succeed. He’s a cricket badger. You must have the desire to think about batting every day.”

Root’s current Test batting average is well under 50, which is the measure of an all-time great, and his tally of 26 hundred at this level is only bettered by the recently retiring Cook’s 33 for England in this context.

Root’s performance in Sunday’s innings suggests that there will be many more runs to come, as he has been released from the “very bad relationship” he had with the England captaincy.

I can try to influence England’s results in a different manner, in a different way,” he remarked when asked if he thought it was time for someone else to take the reins.

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