Alastair Cook has become the first English batsman to score 10000 runs in Test Cricket. He also became the youngest ever to surprass this landmark. Cook, who is 31 years and five months old, beat Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who was 31 years and 10 months old when he crossed 10,000 runs.
The English lad achieved the landmark on Day 4 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
The England captain is the 12th man to join the elite 10,000-run club in Test cricket. India’s Sunil Gavaskar was the first ever to achieve the landmark in 1987. He was followed by Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and, Kumar Sangakkara. Cook has played 127 Tests, scoring 28 centuries, since his debut in 2006.
He is also the only active Test cricketer in the 10,000 club. He is closing in on becoming the second England batsman after Graham Gooch (5,917) to score 5,000 Test runs in home internationals and is set to overtake Ian Bell (13,331) as the second-highest England run-scorer in all formats in the coming weeks.