Joe Root becomes the joint-youngest batter in history to reach 10,000 test runs. England vs. New Zealand: Joe Root became the 14th player in Test history to reach 10,000 runs.
Joe Root’s century in the fourth innings of England’s first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday made him only the second player in the country, after Alastair Cook, to reach 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game. Coincidentally, Root arrived at the same age as Cook. Cook was 31 years and 157 days old when he passed the mark, and Root was 31 years and 157 days old on Sunday. They are the two youngest to reach the milestone.
He also became the fastest England batter to reach the milestone, beating out Cook. Root reached the milestone in 218 innings, whereas Cook took 229 innings. Overall, he is the 14th player to score 10,000 Test runs and the 10th player in terms of innings to reach the milestone.
England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a 5-wicket win over New Zealand thanks to Joe Root 26th Test century.
Root came in to bat with England chasing 277 and the score at 32/2. They were soon 69/4, but Root, along with new skipper Ben Stokes, steadied the ship.
They put on a 90-run stand before Stokes was dismissed for 54.
Root, on the other hand, ensured his team crossed the finish line with an unbeaten 120-run stand with Ben Foakes, in which he scored 81 runs.
Root finished unbeaten on 115 from 170 deliveries, hitting 12 boundaries.
He has now scored 10015 runs in 118 Tests.