Root now England's all-time top run scorer

Tom WhiteAAP
Joe Root en route to becoming England's all-time top scorer in the three international formats.
Camera IconJoe Root en route to becoming England's all-time top scorer in the three international formats. Credit: AP

Joe Root's half-century in the first Test against India has seen him surpass Sir Alastair Cook as England's record run-scorer in all forms of international cricket.

The England captain had gone into Wednesday's opening day of the series 21 behind his predecessor Cook, who remains England's record Test run-scorer by a considerable distance.

Despite England's woes, a boundary off Mohammed Siraj in the 33rd over took Root to 23 on the day and a new career record.

He soon moved past Cook's record all-format mark of 15,737 and later went on to compile an 89-ball half-century.

Root moved beyond Cook's landmark to 15,780 before he fell for 64 as part of England's collapse from 3-138 to 183 all out.

Root remains well behind in five-day cricket on 8,778 runs - third among England batsmen behind Graham Gooch's 8,900 - but his superior white-ball record relative to Cook has made up the difference.

Root has 6,109 one-day international runs to his name and another 893 in Twenty20s.

Root's runs have come in 290 games - this is his 106th Test, with 152 ODIs and 32 T20s, the one format where he has currently slipped out of contention.

He has 36 hundreds and 90 fifties, including 20 tons and now 50 half-centuries in Tests.

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