Joe Root becomes second English batter to score 10,000 Test runs
England batter Joe Root became the second English player and the 14th overall player to surpass 10,000 runs in Test cricket on Sunday.
During the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, Root reached this milestone. The Roots reached this milestone thanks to a flick off Tim Southee’s delivery in the 77th over of the innings. He also reached his 26th Test century with this. Alastair Cook, a former England captain, is the only other Englishman to have scored 10,000 runs or more. He has a total of 12,472 points in 161 tests, with a 45.35 average. In the longest version of the game, he also scored 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries.
Now that he’s hit this milestone, Root has entered an exclusive club of players who have scored 10,000 runs or more in the game’s longest format. Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289), Rahul Dravid (13,288), and Alastair Cook are at the top of the list (12,472).
In terms of the contest, England triumphed by five wickets, chasing down a 277-run total. In 78.5 overs, England was reduced to 279/5. The team won because to Root’s unbeaten 115*.
New Zealand has knocked out for 132 while batting first. Only all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme (42*) and Tim Southee (26) provided some resistance. As debutants Matty Potts (13/4) and James Anderson (66/4) rattled the New Zealand batting lineup.
England swept out for 141 in the second innings, establishing a slim nine-run lead thanks to the pace of Boult (3/21) and Southee (4/55).
NZ appeared to be in trouble in the third innings at 56-4, but Daryl Mitchell (108). And Tom Blundell (96) turned the game around and pulled off a magnificent rescue effort to assist their team to 285/10. This aided in the establishment of a 277-point target for England.