Alastair Cook sends message to Joe Root as England batsman joins elite club

Joe Root led England to victory with an unbeaten century against New Zealand at Lord's

Joe Root led England to victory with an unbeaten century against New Zealand at Lord’s (Image: Getty)

Sir Alastair Cook hailed Joe Root as England’s all-time most complete batsman after he joined an elite club to guide his side to victory against New Zealand at Lord’s in the first Test of the summer.

Root gave up captaining the Test team after the West Indies winter tour, passing the baton to Ben Stokes.

In his first appearance since returning to base, Root produced a game-winning inning, registered his 26th Test century, his first in the fourth inning of a game, and surpassed the magic 10,000-run mark.

Cook, the only other England batsman to achieve that feat, watched from the BBC comment box and was delighted to witness history being made.

“I was so glad I was here to witness it. An incredible shot from an incredible player, in my opinion England’s most complete batsman of any form.’

“It’s absolutely insane that it’s the exact same age,” Cook added upon learning he was the same age as Root when he completed 10,000 test runs. Happy to call it a draw!’

“It was all a low-risk hit, that makes him one of the greats, he’s in control of everything he does. He has looked like this since his debut in India in 2012.”

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