Sir Geoffrey Boycott believes Joe Root has every chance of doubling up as he prepares to reach a “special” 100 Test cap milestone on Friday.
Boycott has praised his fellow Yorkshireman’s career achievements to date, but insists the 30-year-old has so much more to give English Cricket.
When he leads England out for the first Test of four against India in Chennai, Root will become the 15th England player to play 100 Tests or more.
Sir Geoffrey is one of the previous 14 having played 108 Tests between 1964 and 1982, as are fellow knights Ian Botham, Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.
The latter leads the way with 161 appearances and leads the way from Root’s current team-mates Jimmy Anderson (157) and Stuart Broad (144).
But, with a fair wind, Boycott fully expects Sheffield-born Root to sail beyond them all and break another significant record in the process.
“To get 100 is special,” Boycott told yorkshireccc.com. “Any century in cricket is special. But Joe can go and get 200 caps, no doubt.
“As long as he can maintain his enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game, there’s no reason why he can’t reach 200 Tests and score more runs than anybody ever has, even Sachin Tendulkar’s 15,000.
“The more you play, the more the travel and the hotels can wear you down. If that doesn’t affect him, he maintains the enthusiasm and he doesn’t get a serious injury, there’s no reason why not.”