Root equals Alastair Cook in all-time record
In what is a quirk of statistics, Joe Root and Alastair Cook took exactly the same number of days to reach 10,000 runs in test cricket.
Root follows Cook’s footsteps
Former English captain Alastair Cook scored 10000 test runs when he was 31 years and 157 days old to become the youngest player in the history of test cricket to reach the 10000 run milestone.
As luck would have it, Joe Root was exactly the same age when he reached 10000 runs in test cricket, thus becoming the joint youngest player to achieve the record.
Doing it against the Kiwis
The milestone came in the first test match of the series between New Zealand and England. The opening match of the series which also kick started the English summer of 2022 was played at Lord’s and the ground was witness to some exuberant cricket.
New Zealand were bowled out cheaply in the first innings. In reply, England too could not take a massive lead and managed just 141 runs. New Zealand then made 285 runs in the second innings and were looking good for victory.
This is when Joe Root took England out of trouble from 46 for 3, making a brilliant ton and achieving the milestone on the way.
He got the support of Ben Foakes who made an unbeaten 32 to take the team home safely. Newly appointed England captain Ben Stokes was all praise for Root and Foakes after victory.
“We’re not in a position to not select world-class players at the moment,” said Stokes, “and Ben Foakes is the best wicketkeeper in the world. That’s not just my own opinion, that’s a lot of people’s opinions. Batting at seven, which he does for England, is different to the role that he plays for Surrey because he bats higher up, but going in last night for 45 minutes was a very, very big part in the game and he handled it very well. And him walking off there not out with Joe at the end no doubt will give him a lot of confidence going into the rest of the summer.
“He took some catches which he made look very easy but they weren’t and to have a gloveman like Ben behind the stumps gives me a lot of confidence and it gives the bowlers a lot of confidence.”