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Younis eyes 10,000 Test run milestone

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Younis Khan has set himself the goal of becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 Test runs but is unsure whether he has enough games in him to get there.

Pakistan's most prolific runscorer moved to within striking distance of becoming the 13th batsman to achieve the feat after his unbeaten 175 in the third Test against Australia on Friday.

He ran out of partners as Pakistan failed to fight back from a heavy first innings deficit but will get another opportunity when he pads up to help avoid a 3-0 series whitewash on day five.

Younis needs just 36 runs to join the likes of batting greats Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, and the most recent inclusion, Alistair Cook.

At 39 years of age, Younis is unsure how much longer he has to achieve his dream.

"I'm very near 10,000 runs. This would be a big achievement for me as a Pakistani because if you see that list, there is no Pakistani who achieved 10,000 runs," he said.

"But it all depends on the team and the (Pakistan Cricket Board), how they want me. I will be keep in touch with them, as they tell me what they need from me.

"Then I will decide how long I will play. My body is responding well at the moment."

Achieving the feat would go a long way to stamping Younis' standing as arguably the greatest player from Pakistan - a status he shied away from on Friday.

"I can't feel that I will be the greatest ever Pakistani player of all time. That list, you will see that Javed Miandad is there, Zaheer Abbas is there. There's a lot of great players," he said.

"But I want from people, my critics and my followers, (that) whenever I play, I play for my country and team. That is more important for me.

"When I retire, this is my vision - they all remember me as a fighter who played for his country."

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