Joe Root
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Joe Root has been the joint-youngest Test cricketer to reach 10,000 runs. The former England captain passed the century mark on the fourth day of the series’ first Test against New Zealand.

Root has joined his former captain Alastair Cook in the elite list, passing Sachin Tendulkar. Cook was 31 years, 5 months, and 5 days old when he hit his 10,000th Test run. Before Cook, Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest person to reach the milestone.

He was 31 years, 10 months, and 20 days old when he made his ten-thousandth run. Root is also the second England batsman to score 500 runs in the longest format. Cook was originally predicted to overtake the Master Blaster and finish his career with the most Test runs in history. He did, however, resign at the age of 33.

Unlike Cook, Root also plays ODIs, so it will be intriguing to see if he can surpass Tendulkar’s total. The former India skipper concluded his 200-Test career with 15921 runs. Root has appeared in 118 games.

Root said, “I just love batting, I want to score as many runs as I can for the group, and it’s nice to do it at the start of the summer.

“It is nice to be spoken about in the same breath as England’s greatest ever batter, Alastair Cook; it is a privilege.”

Last year, Root scored 1,708 Test runs. It was the third-highest total in history, as he found extraordinary form despite England’s other hitters’ problems.

He has 26 Test hundreds. It is second only to Cook’s 33 for England. In terms of innings, Lara, Tendulkar, and Sangakkara are the joint-fastest to 10,000 Test runs, each taking 195 knocks to achieve the mark.

Joe Root achieved the milestone in 218 innings, compared to 229 for Cook, but he is the first hitter to do so in fewer than ten years – this is his 118th Test since his debut against India in 2012.

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