by Rajesh Kumar
Alastair Cook has become the first England batsman and the 12th overall to complete 10,000 runs in Tests.
At 31 years 157 days, he became the youngest player to complete 10,000 runs in Tests. Sachin Tendulkar had accomplished the feat at the age of 31 years 326 days.
Having made his debut in Tests vs India at Nagpur on March 1, 2006, Cook became the quickest in terms of time taken from debut and the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in less than eleven years – 10 years and 87 days. He outstripped Rahul Dravid’s record. Dravid had taken 11 years and 280 days for this feat.
With 1156 runs at an average of 50.26 in 15 Tests vs Sri Lanka, Cook remains the only England batsman to have managed 1000 runs or more against them.
During the third Test vs Sri Lanka at Lord’s, Cook is likely to become the second England batsman to complete 5,000 runs or more in Tests in England – his tally being 4995 at an average of 43.43 in 70 Tests. Graham Gooch has aggregated 5917 at an average of 46.22 in 74 Tests – exactly 1000 runs more in Tests at home.
Cook’s tally of 4561 runs at an average of 55.62 in 54 Tests is the highest by an England batsman in a winning cause. His tally of 14 hundreds in a winning cause is the second most by an England batsman after Ian Bell’s 15 in Tests.
Cook, however, holds an England record for most centuries (28) in Tests.