Joe Root becomes first England player to complete 17,000 runs in International cricket

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LONDON: England batter Joe Root on Sunday became the first English player to complete 17,000 runs in International cricket. He achieved the feat during the Test match against New Zealand, scoring a brilliant century to power his team to take a 1-0 lead over the visitors. Root scored 115* runs in 170 balls.

Earlier, Joe Root completed 10,000 runs in Test cricket on Sunday, becoming the second English player and 14th overall player to reach the landmark. Root reached this landmark during the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. A flick off Tim Southee’s delivery in the 77th over of the innings took him to this landmark. With this, he also reached his 26th Test hundred.

Former England captain Alastair Cook is the other English player who has scored 10,000 runs or more. He has scored 12,472 in 161 Tests at an average of 45.35. He also scored 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries in the longest format of the game.

Now having reached this landmark, Root has joined the elite league of players who have scored 10,000 runs or more in the longest format of the game. This list is led by Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289), Rahul Dravid (13,288) and Alastair Cook (12,472)

Coming to the match, England won the match by five wickets, chasing down the target of 277. England finished at 279/5 in 78.5 overs. Root’s unbeaten 115* took the team to a victory.

Earlier, batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 132. Only all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (42*) and Tim Southee (26) could offer some resistance as debutant Matty Potts (13/4) and James Anderson (66/4) shook the NZ batting lineup with their pace.

In the second innings, England became victims of the pace of Boult (3/21) and Southee (4/55) and were bundled out for 141, gaining a thin nine-run lead.

In the third innings, the Kiwis looked in trouble at 56-4, but Daryl Mitchell (108) and Tom Blundell (96) turned the match on its head and performed a brilliant rescue act to help their side reach 285/10. This helped set up a target of 277 for England. (ANI)

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