Joe Root’s golden decade
Joe Root made an indelible mark in the history books of cricket by reaching 10,000 runs in test cricket in less than 10 years.
At a glance
Root made his test debut against India at Nagpur in 2012 and completed 10000 runs in cricket much before completing his first decade in test cricket.
He thus became the joint youngest batter to the mark alongside former England captain Alastair Cook who took 218 innings to the milestone which is the 12th lowest in terms of innings.
Root also completed 10000 runs within just 9 years and 171 days which is a record in itself. In fact, he became the first player to make 10,000 runs in test cricket in less than 10 years.
In red-hot form
Root has been having a ball in test cricket since 2021 and has already amassed 2192 runs from just 21 test matches at an average of 56.21 from the start of 2021. In this period, he has also scored 9 centuries and four half centuries.
Root was doing a fine job as the captain of England as well after taking over the captaincy from Alastair Cook apart from a couple of Ashes defeats overseas. However, his third loss in the Ashes this year by 4-0 no less proved to be the last nail in the coffin.
A deadly trio
Despite giving up the captaincy, Root has continued to pile on the runs with bat in hand and has got the support of James Anderson and Stuart Broad as always as the three make a deadly combination which the opposition teams are always wary of.
“Everybody knows what Jimmy and Broady are all about,” Stokes said during the 2022 New Zealand series. “The only difference in the role that Matty played was obviously he normally takes the new ball for Durham. But throughout the whole summer, Scott Borthwick, Durham’s captain, has turned to him to get the wicket, to get the breakthrough, to change the game, and that’s how I wanted to use him this week. And he did it every time I chucked him the ball.
“Always looking to be positive and just really staying true to what I was saying and how I want to captain and not letting the game dictate what I did. I was just making sure that I still stuck to my guns and was always looking to be positive in the way that I wanted the bowlers to bowl, the fields that I set… stick to everything that you’ve been talking about because you know actions speak louder than words.”