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Kevin Pietersen completes 8,000 Test runs

Kevin Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer for England in Tests © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer for England in Tests © Getty Images

 

Dec 14, 2013

 

Kevin Pietersen has completed 8,000 runs in Test cricket. Pietersen crossed the mark with a boundary off Mitchell Johnson on Day Two of the third Ashes Test. He achieved this feat in his 102nd Test match.

 

Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer in Tests for England. Only Geoffrey Boycott (8,114), David Gower (8,231), Alec Stewart (8,463) and Graham Gooch (8,900) are ahead of Pietersen.

 

Below are the top-ten run scorers for England in Tests:

 

Batsman Tests Runs
Graham Gooch 118 8,900
Alec Stewart 133 8,463
David Gower 117 8,231
Geoffrey Boycott 108 8,114
Kevin Pietersen 102 8,001
Alastair Cook 100 7,955
Mike Atherton 115 7,728
Colin Cowdrey 114 7,624
Wally Hammond 85 7,249
Andrew Strauss 100 7,037

 

*Updated after the dismissal of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in the first innings of the third Test at Perth in Ashes 2013-14. 

 

Pietersen had to struggle for his runs on Day Two. It took 15 balls for him to get off the mark. It has been an unlike Pietersen innings. He loves to dominate at the start but tied himself down against the accurate bowling from Australia. He was eventually dismissed by a brilliant catch from Johnson off Peter Siddle for 19.

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