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Top 5 Fastest Batters To 5000 ODI Runs For England

image-lpurlpz0Joe Root tops the list for England scoring 5,000 ODI runs in 116 innings [X.com]

One of the most illustrious One-Day International teams, England recently notched up its 400th in the format, which came in their 796th 50-overs match, which began back in 1971.

England has a rich legacy of batsmanship, who have written and rewritten records in Tests, however, over the past few decades their batters have excelled in ODIs as well, which culminated with the Three Lions winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup. 

On December 6, England's current white-ball captain against West Indies in the second ODI became only the fifth batter from the UK to reach 5,000 ODI runs and enter an elite list.

In this article, we take a look at batters from England who reached the landmark milestone the fastest. 

Fastest 5,000 ODI Runs For England

Joe Root116
Ian Bell 149
Eoin Morgan151
Jos Buttler153
Paul Collingwood175

Joe Root

image-lpus2hl5Joe Root has the most ODI centuries for England [X.com]

Leading the list is one of the modern-day greats, Joe Root. Root, who is also the second-highest run-getter for England in ODIs, leads the race, reaching 5,000 runs in just 119 innings, having played his first match in January 2013. Overall, Root in 171 matches, has amassed 6,522 runs with 16 centuries and 39 fifties. 

Root is known for his sound batter, who since the start of 2020 has reinvented himself, and added more aggression to his game style. 

Ian Bell

image-lpus9279Ian Bell is the third-highest run-getter for England in ODIs [X.com]

A batter, who oozed elegance and class, England's Ian Bell held England's top order in the late 2000s. Bell as an opener provided the Three Lions with stability and played the anchor role, with other aggressors revolving around him. The former player is second on the fastest to 5,000 list, achieving the barrier in 149 innings, playing his first ODI in November 2004. 

Overall, in 161 ODIs, Bell slammed 5,416 runs with four hundred and 35 half-centuries between 2004 and 2015. 

Eoin Morgan

image-lpusfzryEoin Morgan won England 2019 World Cup title [X.com]

Former captain Eoin Morgan changed the face of England's white-ball cricket, which brought in a fresh approach and instilled freedom within the players. Having transited from Ireland to England setup quite smoothly, Morgan played the role of a finisher to exception, having crossed the 5,000 ODI-run barrier in 151 innings, which speaks volumes, having first played for Three Lions in May 2009. 

With 6,957 runs, the World Cup-winning captain is England's leading run-getter in the format.

Jos Buttler

image-lpusqegaJos Buttler is current England ODI and T20I captain [X.com]

A manifestation of England's ultra-aggressive ODI strategy, current skipper Jos Buttler perfectly fits the bill. Having transitioned from T20I to ODI cricket, the wicketkeeper-batter displayed quick-footedness and clarity of thought in his game, which has been a key highlight of Buttler's career.

Featuring his first ODI in February 2012, the 33-year-old reached the 5,000-run mark in 153 innings and under his belt has already stockpiled 5,022 runs in 180 matches. 

 Paul Collingwood

image-lput0oy1Paul Collingwood scored 5,092 runs and claimed 111 wickets [X.com]

In an era where Andrew Flintoff dominated, Paul Collingwood played his part as an all-rounder without much fuss. Collingwood, not the most polished, exhibited great determination and gave his blood, sweat, and tears on the field for England across departments - batting, fielding, and bowling. 

Starting his ODI career in June 2001, crossed the 5,000 ODI barrier in 175 innings, which was quite late in his career, that ended with 197 matches, where the all-rounder bucketed 5,092 runs and picked 111 wickets.