Sir Alastair Prepare dinner says Joe Root will go “miles previous” his report for the variety of Take a look at runs scored by an England batter.
Root’s match-winning century within the first Take a look at towards New Zealand noticed him turn into solely the second Englishman, after Prepare dinner, to cross 10,000 runs.
Root is 2,457 behind Prepare dinner’s mark of 12,472.
“He’s a pleasure to look at, essentially the most full England batsman I’ve seen,” Prepare dinner instructed BBC Sport.
“The one that may play essentially the most unimaginable innings was Kevin Pietersen, however for essentially the most full batsmen in all three varieties, it is Root. His consistency is unimaginable.”
Prepare dinner was England captain when Root made his Take a look at debut as a 21-year-old towards India in 2012.
“He was an excellent participant of spin, pretty much as good as anybody,” stated Prepare dinner, who performed 161 Assessments for England. “That was apparent to see, even at that younger age.
“He was able to play worldwide cricket. You knew he may deal with the event.”
Root’s 115 not out towards New Zealand at Lord’s got here in his 118th Take a look at and made him the 14th participant within the historical past of the sport to realize the ten,000 milestone.
At 31 years and 157 days, Root equalled Prepare dinner’s report for the youngest participant to achieve the landmark, whereas he’s the primary to take action inside 10 years of his debut.
“Barring harm, he’ll go miles previous my report,” stated Prepare dinner.
“He’s so arduous to tie down. I needed to grind my strategy to 30, it all the time took me what felt like two hours. As a result of Joe has bought so many low-risk scoring choices, just about by means of 360 levels, he’ll typically get to 30 off 40 balls.”
Left-hander Prepare dinner sits fifth on an all-time checklist topped by India legend Sachin Tendulkar, who made 15,921 runs in 200 Assessments between 1989 and 2013.
If Root is to have an opportunity of breaking Tendulkar’s report, he’s more likely to need to play at the least 60 extra Assessments.
Given the better period of time given to white-ball cricket within the fashionable recreation, it could be that Root is the final participant to have a practical likelihood of overhauling Tendulkar.
Prepare dinner ended his worldwide profession on the age of 33 – simply two years older than Root is now – however he believes their contrasting batting kinds means Root could have a better power to play Take a look at cricket at an older age.
“I’d by no means have stated I’d end at 33, however the time felt proper for me,” stated Prepare dinner.
“The psychological pressure I felt to attain runs took a toll on me. I am not saying it is easy for him, however he does not appear to have that downside.”