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Thorpe ready to welcome Root in 100-Test club

England batting coach Graham Thorpe has said he is ready to welcome captain Joe Root into the elite 100-cap club.

Root, who has so far played 99 Tests for England, will become the 15th Englishman to reach the milestone of 100 matches in Test cricket when he takes the field in the first match against India on February 5 in Chennai.

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The 51-year-old Thorpe also played 100 Test matches for England, alongside 82 ODIs in a career spanning 12 years between 1993 and 2005.

On the other hand, Root has so far played 99 Tests, 148 ODIs and 32 T20Is since making his international debut in 2012.

Apart from scoring 8,249 Test runs at an average of 49.39 with 19 centuries and 49 half-centuries, Root has also scored 5,962 runs in ODIs at 50.10, and another 893 runs in T20Is at 35.72.

Saluting Root for his “work ethic”, Thorpe said: “To play 100 Test matches is no mean feat. Joe will be very proud and his family will be very proud too.

“It is a real achievement because of the longevity of it. You need a good sense of humour to play that amount of cricket because you will experience highs but there will some moments in there where you have your lows.

“You have to show a bit of character and resilience, you have to keep adapting and sometimes you will have to tinker with your technique and you have to manage all of that.

“Joe has always remained very humble, he is a great student of the game and loves learning. He loves watching other people play and he is someone who doesn’t want to stand still and has a great hunger to score runs.”

Root has been in great form of late, as he scored a magnificent 228 and 186 in the two Test against Sri Lanka.

Terming him as a “great student of the game”, Thorpe added: “He loves watching other people play and learning. He is somebody who doesn”t want to stand still. He has got great hunger to score runs as well and improve.”

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