Alastair Cook becomes England's highest run-getter in Tests
Alastair Cook has overtaken his long-time mentor Graham Gooch to become England’s highest run-getter in Test matches in the course of his innings in the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.
Cook drove Tim Southee square past backward point for a boundary getting past the landmark in style amidst the cheers from the crowd.
In his illustrious career England batting legend, Gooch had piled up 8900 runs in 118 matches at an average of 42.58 with 20 hundreds and 46 fifties.
In comparison Cook achieved the feat in his 114th match and has managed to hit 27 hundreds and 41 fifties maintaining an average over 46.
Before the start of the second Test Cook expressed his delight at the prospect of overtaking Gooch to become England’s leading run scorer in longer format but refused to be compared to the former captain.
“It would be a lovely moment. I wouldn’t put myself anywhere near his class, but it would be a great moment,” said Cook.
“There will only ever be one Graham Gooch and he is England's greatest batsman.”
In his journey to the top of the table, Cook has now gone past players like Gooch, Alec Stewart, David Gower, Geoffrey Boycott and, Kevin Pietersen.
Cook revealed that it would be an unbelievable moment for him given the sheer quality of players present in the list.
“I’ve got to get there yet, but Jimmy (Anderson) spoke about it as well in the changing-room; you just don’t believe you’re at top of tree when you see some of the guys you’re ahead of.”
In the ongoing test, England have managed to post a solid opening stand in reply to New Zealand’s 350 with both Cook and Adam Lyth past their respective half centuries.
The duo also brought up the highest opening run stand at Headingley when they crossed 171.
The England captain was eventually dismissed for 75 trapped lbw by off-spinner Mark Craig.
Cook is now 13th on the list of all time run scorers in Test cricket led by India's Sachin Tendulkar.
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