Alastair Cook humbled by breaking Graham Gooch's run record
England captain Alastair Cook described the moment of breaking his mentor Graham Gooch's record to become the leading run-scorer for his country in Test cricket as a special one.
Needing 32 runs to achieve the feat before he came on to bat in the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley the England captain looked in no trouble as he went on to notch a gritty 75 before he was trapped lbw by off-spinner Mark Craig.
The 30-year-old though admitted he was nervous on nearing the milestone.
"I’ve never been nervous in the 20s before but I was nervous today,” Cook said.
“It was an amazing moment.
"I probably don’t deserve to be on top of the list in terms of the way I play but to be there with the runs I’ve scored is very nice."
Remembering the days he used to watch his mentor Gooch bat, Cook admitted that to go past him was "incredibly special."
“The madness of it is that I queued for Gooch’s autograph time and time again watching him play at Essex.
"Now it’s incredibly special to go past my mentor and friend.
"I wanted to do it with an innings rather than to scrape over the line,” Cook said.
Cook along with Adam Lyth put on a record breaking opening stand of 177 at Headingley but England lost their way in the final hour losing three quick wickets for just 17 runs leaving the side at 253 for five in response to New Zealand's first innings total of 350.
Admitting the loss of wickets at the end was disappointing, Cook exuded confidence on his players to provide a fight back on day three.
“We got off to a good start with the bat. Losing five for 76 was disappointing but that is Test cricket it can ebb and flow and the new ball under lights was tough, make no mistake.
“There is a lot of hard work to do but we have some good players to come.
"Get past their score, we can then put some pressure on them.”
Having won the first Test at Lord's, England have taken an unbeaten lead of 1-0 in the two-match series.
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