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17 June 2016

Alastair Cook on hitting 10,000 Runs!

Alastair Cook is the youngest player ever and first Englishman to score 10,000 Test Runs.

Age: 31 and 157 days
Runs: 10,042
Tests: 128
Batting Average: 46.49
Tons: 28

Cook has joined the cricketing greats in being the youngest player to hit 10,000 Test runs. He has beaten the current titleholder Sachin Tendulkar from India by 169 days, who has held the title since 2005.

Cook joins a list of 11 cricketers who have surpassed the 10k Test runs including Sachin Tendulkar , Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar, Jacques Kallis, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Steve Waugh.

Cook achieved the feat by scoring five on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.

“It’s a very special moment for me,” Cook said. “You forget about all the hard times you have as a cricketer.”

Cook finished the day on 47 not out as England won the Test by nine wickets.

“It’s certainly driven me personally,” Cook commented. “To score 10,000 runs was one of those goals.

“It’s those seven o’clock nets with Goochy [Graham Gooch], the hard yards away from today that you put in to get here.”

England coach Trevor Bayliss praised Cook as a “phenomenal batsman”.

Cook is also England’s leading Test run-scorer with a batting average of 46.49.

Those who have achieved 10k Test Runs and their stats:

• Alastair Cook, England, 31 and 157 days, Runs 10,042 Tests 128 Av 46.49 Tons 28
• Sachin Tendulkar India 31 years, 326 days, Runs 15,921 Tests 200 Av 53.78 Tons 51
• Jacques Kallis South Africa: 33 years, 133 days, Runs 13,289 Tests 166 Av 55.37 Tons 45
• Ricky Ponting Australia, 33 years, 163 days, Runs 13,378 Tests 168 Av 51.85 Tons 41
• Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka, 34 years, 213 days, Runs 11,814 Tests 149 Av 49.84 Tons 34
• Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka, 35 years, 60 days, Runs 12,400 Tests 134 Av 57.4 Tons 38
• Rahul Dravid India, 35 years, 75 days, Runs 13,288 Tests 164 Av 52.31 Tons 36
• Brian Lara West Indies, 37 years, 102 days, Runs 11,953 Tests 131 Av 52.88 Tons 34
• Allan Border Australia, 37 years, 159 days, Runs 11,174 Tests 156 Av 50.56 Tons 27
• Steve Waugh Australia, 37 years, 214 days, Runs 10,927 Tests 168 Av 51.06 Tons 32
• Sunil Gavaskar India, 37 years, 240 days, Runs 10,122 Tests 125 Av 51.22 Tons 34
• Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies, 37 years, 255 days, Runs 11,867 Tests 164 Av 51.37 Tons 30

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Written By Tom