Younis wants 10,000 runs before retirement

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Younis Khan says he is more preoccupied with becoming the first Pakistan player to score 10,000 Test runs than talk of bringing his illustrious career to an end.

The 39-year-old's recent form has been up and down, but his unbeaten 175 against Australia in Sydney this week made Pakistan's record Test run-getter the first man to score centuries in all 11 nations to have hosted the premier format.

That hundred took Younis to 9,964 Test runs, with a chance to reach five figures possibly coming on the fifth day at the SCG, where Pakistan will resume on 55-1 chasing an unlikely 465 to win.

Pakistan captain, 42-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq, has also been linked to retirement in recent months, but Younis says he is not ready to hang up his gloves just yet.

"I don't want to give a surprise where I come and say suddenly I'm going, or that I'm playing for the next five years," he said.

"It all depends on my team and what they want from me. That's the main thing for me. I'm very near to 10,000 runs and it will be a big achievement for a Pakistani. If you see that list there is no Pakistani who has made that.

"So it all depends on my team, the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] and how they want me. I will be in touch with them and as they tell me, what kind of energy and what they need from me, from that I will decide how long to play. 

"My body is giving me a good response at the moment."