Joe Root joins hands with Alaistar Cook, Sachin Tendulkar in the elite list

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Joe Root scaled a majestic milestone in his career during the final Ashes Test at The Oval as the England skipper became only the third youngest batsmen to the 7,000 run mark in the longest format of the game. Root achieved the landmark at the age of 28 years and 256 days and is now behind only his predecessor Sir Alastair Cook (27 years, 346 days) and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar (28 years, 193 days).

 

Playing in his 86th Test match, Root also becomes the fourth quickest to this feat as English batsmen (158 innings) and only 12th cricketer from his country. Only Wally Hammond, Kevin Pietersen, and Cook are faster than Root to 7,000 Test runs. Moreover, Root also surpassed the Australia great Don Bradman in the all-time Test run-scorer list. Sir Don Bradman finished his Test career with 6996 runs after his infamous second-ball duck against England in 1948 which was his last knock.

 

On Thursday, luck seemed to be on Joe Root's side as he got his 45th Test fifty after being dropped thrice in the game. Root was first badly dropped on 24 by Peter Siddle at fine leg after playing a casual pull stroke, was also put down by Tim Paine off Cummins as the wicketkeeper failed to take the ball one-handed in front of first slip and England reached lunch at 86-1

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