Younis becomes first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs

Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 test runs, reaching the landmark during the third day of the first test against the West Indies on Sunday.

Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan celebrates after reaching his 10,000th run in Test matches.   -  AFP

Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 test runs, reaching the landmark during the third day of the first test against the West Indies on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Younis, playing in his 116th test, needed 23 runs at the start of his innings and joined the 10K club when he swept off-spinner Roston Chase for a boundary at fine leg soon after tea.

Younis scored a hundred on his test debut against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi in 2000 and since then has scored 34 centuries and 32 half centuries. His test best of 313 came against Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2009.

Younis will retire from test cricket after the three-test series against the West Indies.

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Possibly mindful of his proximity to the landmark, Younis batted with exaggerated caution, taking 40 minutes to get off the mark while Azam attempted to keep the scoreboard ticking over at the other end.

Hailed as a potential successor to Younis as the permanent occupant of the number three batting position, he enjoyed a moment of luck just after lunch when West Indies captain Jason Holder failed to hold on to a caught-and-bowled chance with Azam on 12.

Holder had finished unbeaten on 57 after the delayed start to another rain-affected day as Mohammad Amir completed his best Test innings figures to wrap up the home side's innings after they resumed at the overnight position of 278 for nine.

He bowled last man Shannon Gabriel to finish with six for 44, an effort which improved on his previous best of six for 84 against England at Lord's in 2010.

That occasion was, ironically, to prove his undoing for the then teenaged fast bowler's role in the spot-fixing scandal that overtook the game and resulted in him being banned from the game for five years.

Play started 90 minutes later than scheduled due to the continuing effects of heavy, torrential rain on a damp outfield which reduced play to just 55 minutes on the second day.

Pakistan started their reply brightly with Azhar Ali looking ominous before he chased a wide delivery from Alzarri Joseph to give a catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich tumbling in front of first slip.

Ahmed Shehzad, playing his first Test for almost two years, also opened brightly with a flurry of shots, including five boundaries in 31 only to be trapped leg-before on the back foot by Holder.