At the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday, England batter Joe Root reached the milestone of 11,000 Test runs. On the second day of the four-day Test, when he had reached 52 before Tea, Root had attained the milestone. He is the eleventh batter in total to score as many runs for the Whites. With 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches, Sachin Tendulkar tops the charts.
Before West Indies legend Brian Lara (131 games), Root became the fastest batter to attain the milestone in terms of the number of games played. The former England captain beat Alastair Cook, who reached the milestone in his 161st Test, to become the fastest Englishman to accomplish the accomplishment. Root reached 10,000 Test runs in 2022, making him the batter with the joint-youngest age (31 years, 157 days, level with Cook).
England were 503/2 at Tea on Day 2
With an unbeaten 142-run third-wicket stand, Ollie Pope and Joe Root continued England’s dominance in the Lord’s Test, pushing their first innings score to 503 for 2 at tea on Day 2 and dominating Ireland by 331 runs. The hosts added 178 runs during the post-lunch session and only lost the wicket of Ben Duckett.
Pope, who had 97 when he resumed play, hit his fourth century in Test cricket with a flick past middle-on off Andy McBrine in the second over of the session. Duckett broke loose against McBrine after a rather hesitant start to the practice, hammering the spinner for two boundaries and a six in one over, even managing a reverse sweep.
On 182, he attempted to drive Graham Hume’s full delivery, but instead dragged it back onto his stumps, putting an end to his innings. When Joe Root slipped across to Mark Adair in the following over and was banged on his pads, Ireland could have had another wicket quickly enough, but he managed to get a small inside edge. Ireland wasted another review on the seasoned batsman three overs later.
However, after the brief stutter, Root and Pope both started to attack. While Pope attacked Curtis Campher, the former stepped out and smoked McBrine for two sixes in three balls. On the defensive, Root hit Campher for a four with the penultimate delivery of the session to reach his half-century. He then picked a single with the final ball to reach 11,000 runs in Test cricket.
Here’s how fans reacted:
But alistair cook is better, he is not home bully
— Ash Ketchum (@ImKuljeetSingh) June 2, 2023
Won't break Sachin's Test record like cook
— Shubman Gang (@ShubmanGang) June 2, 2023
— Neon Man (@NeonMan_01) June 2, 2023
Sachin Shievering pic.twitter.com/3Q4z45ltBO
— Coach 🇦🇺 (@CoachDruvid) June 2, 2023
Remarkable achievement…. 🐐
— Aayush Shah (@AayushS81792207) June 2, 2023
The legend of Test cricket after Sachin
— Sk Sadam Khonji (@SK_Khonji) June 2, 2023
That's not baz ball ,that's bully ball cricket they are playing
— Saurabh Tripathi 🇮🇳 (@SaurabhCinemuse) June 2, 2023
500 in 80 overs wtf💀
— ً (@Ifcab17) June 2, 2023