England skipper Joe Root has reached a landmark during the fifth Ashes Test at the Ovals as the skipper became the third youngest cricketer to attain the 7,000 run mark in the red ball cricket.
England skipper attained the record at the age of 28 years and 256 days and is now behind only fromer England skipper Alastair Cook and Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.
Featuring in his 86th Test game, the 26 year old also became the fastest English bastman and only 12th English ceicketer to attain his record.
Furthermore, Joe Root also went ahead of Australia’s Don Bradman in all time Test run getter list. Sir Don Bradman concluded his career with 6,996 runs after ill-famed second ball duck against England in 1948.
But today, it was Joe Roots day as he knocked his 45th Test fifty after being dropped thrice in the match. Root was first dropped at 24 by Peter Siddle, he was then dropped by Tim Paine of Pat Cummins delivery as the wicketkeeper failed to catch the ball in front of the first slip.
Joe Root was awarded with another life after Steve Smith spilled a sharp chance in the slip. However, regardless of so many chances, the captain failed exploit the chances as he once again failed to convert his fifty into hundred.
This was Joe Roots 5th half century in the ongoing Ashes Test.