Cook crosses 10,000 Test runs- Alastair Cook, captain of England Cricket team has become the first Englishman to reach the landmark of 10K runs in Test cricket. He reached the milestone on fourth day of second Test match at Chester-le-Street against Sri Lanka.
Cook started the test match with career runs of 9,980 and needed more 20 runs to reach the land mark. Winning the toss, Cook decided to bat first on cloudy day. When on 15, he was caught in gully making Cook wait for more time to register history. But the moment arrived soon in second innings when Cook clipped the ball of his pads for four.
Cook was excited after he managed to get to the landmark and moreover was able to guide his team home with healthy lead of 2-0. When captain was asked about the milestone Cook quotes,”I never thought I would get 10,000. Now I will have to have a rethink and set something else personally. You need something tucked away to drive you to get up go running in the morning or bat in the nets with Goochy. I am still hungry to achieve stuff.” He also said that being a top order batsman he was tested in all conditions against best bowlers. He also reminded that he has done a fair job to cling around and getting dropped. Cook accepted his strength to play off the back foot has guided him to success.
The world reacted to this achievement on social media sites. Here are some tweets from former England players:
With this 10K runs, Cook has surpassed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to become youngest player to get to this milestone. Cook who has played 128 test also holds record to have most centuries (28) by English batsman.
England Register Nine Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka
Cook’s 10,000 run mark milestone had a cherry on top with home team’s victory over visitors. England lead 3 match series 2-0. England batting first posted a huge total of 498/9 declared. Chasing the mammoth total Sri Lanka collapsed to 101 which allowed England to enforce follow-on on Sri Lanka. It looked like England will win with an innings but brilliant batting from Chandimal and Mathews forced England to bat in second innings. With just 79 needed, English batsman managed to get to required score and lead the series 2-0.