With former England Test captain Joe Root reaching the coveted 10,000-run milestone in Test cricket last week, the Fab Four argument has resurfaced, with veterans weighing in on who among Virat Kohli, Root, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson can end at the top of the Test batting rankings. Shane Watson, the legendary Australian all-rounder, has weighed in on the debate, predicting that the youngest of the four will not only finish first but also come close to Sachin Tendulkar’s record total.

Root became the second Englishman after Alastair Cook to hit the five-figure milestone in red-ball cricket with his 26th century in Test cricket in England’s successful start to the home series against New Zealand at Lord’s. In 118 Tests, he has scored 10015 runs at an average of 49.57.

Former India captain Kohli is next on the list with 8043 runs from 101 Tests, followed by Smith with 8010 runs from 85 games and Kane Williamson of New Zealand with 7289 runs from 87 outings. Watson discussed the chances of Root ending as the all-time highest run-getter in Tests with former cricketer Isa Guha on the ICC Review, as well as who among the Fab Four can finish atop.

“He’s as excellent as anybody at getting as near as he can,” says the narrator. Sure, he’s got a lot more terrific cricket ahead of him, so I believe he’ll go pretty close. Joe Root is the youngest player on the team, along with Kane Williamson, who is also 31 years old. Those two still have a long way to go. Joe Root, I believe, will come out on top. For the rest of the lads, it will depend on how much cricket they play in the future. He stated, “They’ve still got a lot of cricket left in them.”