Taylor says Root can break Tendulkar record of Most Test Runs


ENG vs NZ Test Series: Most Test Runs: Former England captain Joe Root has changed his fortunes from most hated player to most loved batsman in a span of a month. As Root joined an exclusive club of players scoring 10,000 Test runs, former Australia captain Mark Taylor believes he is the frontrunner to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test runs as age is by his side. Follow England vs New Zealand Test Series Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

“Root has minimum five years left in him, so I think Tendulkar’s record is very achievable. Root is batting as well as I have ever seen him bat over the last 18 months to two years. He is in the prime of his career, so there is 15,000 runs-plus for him if he stays healthy,” Mark Taylor told Sky Sports.

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says ‘Root can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record’

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says 'Root can break Sachin Tendulkar's record'

Joe Root smashed his 26th Test century on Sunday against New Zealand, powering England to a five-wicket win at Lord’s in the 1st Test. With that, he moved a step closer to Tendulkar’s record.

Sachin Tendulkar scored 15,921 Test runs in 200 Test matches. Amongst active cricketers, Joe Root is the only batter close to the mark but still, 5906 runs away. His next competitors are Virat Kohli (8043) and Steve Smith (8010). David Warner (7753) and Kane Williamson are also in the fray.

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says ‘Root can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record’

But he is the youngest of the lot to get to the 10,000-run mark. He has age by his side to get to break Tendulkar’s record. Joe Root is 31 years old while Virat Kohli (33), David Warner (35) and Steve Smith (33) have less cricket left in them.

“He has always looked a world-class player. His technique is pretty much what it was, he has a straight rhythm and fluency to his game. There is a whole heap of runs left in him,” former England captain Nasser Hussain told Joe Root.

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says 'Root can break Sachin Tendulkar's record'

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Can Root break Tendulkar’s record?

  • Joe Root is the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs.
  • At 31, he has scored 10,015 runs in 218 innings.
  • His nearest competitors are at least two years older than him and play all three formats.
  • Not only Joe Root has the advantage of age, but he also has the advantage of playing just one format and avoiding injuries.
  • Kohli, Warner, Smith and Williamson play all three formats, making it difficult for them to continue playing till 38 or 39 years of age.

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says ‘Root can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record’

Batsmen Matches Runs Centuries Avg
Sachin Tendulkar 200 15921 51 53.78
Joe Root (A) 118 10015 26 49.57
Virat Kohli (A) 101 8043 27 49.95
Steve Smith (A) 85 8010 27 59.77
David Warner (A) 94 7753 24 46.98
Kane Williamson (A) 87 7289 24 52.81

 

ENG vs NZ Test Series: Mark Taylor makes HUGE PREDICTION on Joe Root, says ‘Root can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record’

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