Alastair Cook recently became the first Englishman to score 10,000 runs in Test Cricket, the youngest to achieve that surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record. England have been playing test cricket for over 130 years now, and they have had some great batsman in the likes of Micheal Vaughn, Micheal Atherton, GP Thorpe, KF Barrington and the list will continue. But, none of the mentioned names could make it to 10,000 runs elite list in Test Cricket.
Here’s a look at leading run scorers for England in Test Cricket.
(5/5) KEVIN PIETERSEN
The Famous English batsman called as KP has made it to 5th in the list despite having played no Test Cricket since 2013. His 8,181 Test runs at 47.28 in 104 Tests with twenty-three 100s and thirty-five 50s with a strike rate of 61.72 , he had few rivals in England’s history and his record in limited-overs cricket was also outstanding. In 2013, he became the highest England run-scorer in all international forms of the game combined. For many England cricket fans, no name sparks more excitement than him. His Test cricket career beckoned with the 2005 Ashes : Pietersen’s selection ahead of Graham Thorpe representing the toughest selectorial decision of early summer. He sealed the return of the urn after 17 years with a stroke-filled 158 at The Oval on the final day of the series. England needed to avoid defeat to regain the Ashes and Pietersen was dropped three times on the way to 60, but tension gave way to scenes of jubilation as his adrenalin-charged climax included seven sixes, breaking Ian Botham’s record for England in an Ashes Test. He was named the man of the match, finished an uneven series as top scorer, with 473 runs at 52.55 He was also named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.If KP had played more tests, he surely would have made 10.000 runs earlier than anyone and would have smashed every English Record.
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