Younis Khan has broken the 22-year-old record of Javed Miandad to become Pakistan's leading Test run-scorer.

He broke Miandad's tally of 8832 runs in emphatic style on the opening day of the first Test against England when he launched Moeen Ali over deep midwicket for six during the final session in Abu Dhabi.

Younis, 37, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi in 2000, and scored 107 in the second innings to take Pakistan to within two wickets of a remarkable come-from-behind victory.

The last 12 months have been especially prolific for Younis. In that time, he has averaged over 80 with six hundreds. Ahead of this Test, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq paid tribute to a fulcrum of the middle order.

"It's always an honour to share dressing room with players like Younis Khan," he said. "He has always been the key man in the Pakistan sides, so important for our wins and has been doing well for the last few years. He is really performing well with an average of 54 which is great and we always love the way he plays and the way he helps every other player, especially the youngsters and it's an honour to play with him."

Inzamam-ul-Haq narrowly failed to take the record off Miandad in 2007 when he was stumped for 3 in his final Test innings against South Africa in Lahore.



Courtesy Cricinfo