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Has taken the game to exceptional levels: Nasser Hussain rates Joe Root as greatest ever England batter

Joe Root’s exceptional form has brought forward the debate of who is the greatest ever Test batter from England and where does Root stand in that order.

Joe Root plays a shot against New Zealand. (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Joe Root became the joint youngest player to reach 10,000 runs
  • Joe Root has scored two centuries in the first two Tests vs NZ
  • Hussain is confident of Root breaking Alastair Cook’s record

Former England captain Nasser Hussain rated Joe Root as the best ever batter to have donned the jersey of the English cricket team. Speaking to British publication Daily Mail, Hussain said that the former England captain has taken the game to exceptional levels in difficult circumstances during the Covid-19 stricken time.

“I’m selecting from those I have seen and, yes, Joe Root has gone to the top now,” Hussain told the Daily Mail. “He has just taken his game to exceptional levels in difficult circumstances over the past 18 months.”

After becoming the joint-youngest person to reach 10,000 Test runs, Root forced the pundits to open up on the debate of the greatest ever batter. It was quite clear that the right hander was quite high on the list. He became the only batter to reach 10k runs inside 10 years of his international debut and looks on course to break a few more records.

“Joe has this great rhythm and looks to score all the time in a beautifully controlled way. Now he is regularly converting half-centuries into three figures, he will go on to break Sir Alastair Cook’s England record and who knows how many others.”

Hussain rated the legendary Graha Gooch in the second position, while Alastair Cook occupied the third position.

“I’d heard about his timing and seen him on TV but then I played against him at Leicestershire and he just leant on one and before I moved at cover point it hit the boundary,” said Hussain about Cook.

Root is one of the only 14 batters to have crossed 10,000 Test runs and has already overtaken Sunil Gavaskar and Younis Khan. He is currently in a purple patch of form, scoring two centuries in back to back Test matches against New Zealand.

England have turned their fortunes under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, and are looking like a confident unit. Root has himself spoken about how he has been batting without pressure, and it is expected that he will continue to enjoy his form in all conditions.

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