Root “Could Break Tendulkar’s Record”: Ex-England Captain

During a match-winning century against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday, Joe Root became just the second England hitter to reach 10,000 Test runs. With more than a day to spare, the 31-year- old’s controlled 115 not out guided England, struggling at 69 for four, to a goal of 277 and a five-wicket triumph against the defending World Test Championship champions. Root is sometimes referred to as one of contemporary cricket’s “Big Four” batsmen, with Australia’s Steve Smith, India’s Virat Kohli, and New Zealand’s current captain, Kane Williamson.

In 2017, Root took over as captain from Alastair Cook, the only other England batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs. Root captain England in more Tests (64) and won more matches (27) than any other skipper before him.

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Ben Stokes has taken over as captain from Root. Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, now believes Root can break Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 15921 Test runs.

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

“He’s still 6,000 shies of Sachin’s total, but he’s just 31 years old, and if James Anderson can play until he’s 40, I believe Joe can as well.” That’s how much he enjoys hitting. He is a hard worker. He’s a cricket badger, to be precise. To get up every morning and think about batting, you have to have it in you.”

Root’s current Test batting average is well under 50, which is an all-time great record, with only the retiring Cook’s 33 hundred at this level surpassing his 26.

And Sunday’s innings suggest that there will be plenty more runs to come, with Root finally free of what he described as a “very unpleasant relationship” with England skipper Joe Root.

“It came to the point where someone else needed to lead it,” he added, “but I can attempt to affect it (England’s outcomes) differently, in a different way.”