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Joe Root heaps praise on Alastair Cook

Joe Root (left) and Alastair Cook (right) during nets in Headingley.
Joe Root (left) and Alastair Cook (right) during nets in Headingley.
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England batsman Joe Root has lauded his captain Alastair Cook for his cricketing achievements with the 31-year-old currently on the verge of reaching 10,000 Test runs.

Cook needs 36 more runs to reach the 10,000 mark and when he gets there, he will be the first England cricketer to achieve the landmark in the history of Test cricket.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Root credited Cook for the way he has carried himself throughout his career and termed the England Test skipper as “phenomenal”.

“He (Alastair Cook) has been phenomenal.

“There’s not many words you can use for him.

“The way he’s approached his cricket through the last ten years or so, it has been really impressive.”

Cook was under fire when England lost the Ashes in 2013-14 with a 5-0 margin and the results also affected his batting form which took a downturn in the year 2014.

In 2014, Cook scored just 390 runs from eight matches at an average of 32.50 with just three fifties to his name and went without scoring a hundred.

However, in 2015, Cook roared back to form, scoring 1364 runs in 14 matches at an average of 54.56, including three centuries and eight fifties.

Expressing that he always looks to learn from Cook, Root is confident that the left-hander will score plenty more runs after he breaches the milestone.

“(He is) definitely someone I look up to all the time and want to learn from.

“He should get a lot of recognition for what he has achieved for this team and for himself as an England cricketer.

“I am sure there are many more runs to come as well after that 10,000 mark.”

Root, who claimed a hat-trick of honours at the England team awards dinner, is currently the second ranked Test batsman and is trailing the top ranked Steven Smith by 36 points.

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