Alastair Cook survived a nervy start but went on to score some valuable runs © Getty Images
Alastair Cook survived a nervy start but went on to score some valuable runs © Getty Images

Jul 27, 2014

Alastair Cook fell just five runs short of his 26th Test century, but put England firmly ahead against India on Day One of the third Test at Southampton. The England captain combined for a century stand with Gary Ballance to put the hosts in a very comfortable position.

During the course of his innings, Cook went past one milestone after another, getting to his highest Test score in 28 innings. Cook also went past David Gower to climb up to the third spot in England’s all-time run-scorer after having gone past Kevin Pietersen on the list in the first session. Cook now occupies the third position behind Alec Stewart and Graham Gooch. Cook also scored his 2,000th run as captain during the course of his fifty.

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