Alastair Cook achieved the feat in his 127th Test for England © Getty Images (File photo)
Alastair Cook achieved the feat in his 127th Test for England © Getty Images (File photo)

Alastair Cook created history when he became the first-ever batsman from England to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Cook achieved the feat on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, being played at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. The left-handed England batsman also became the youngest ever to reach the mark of 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Cook is 31 years and 157 days old, and he has taken 127 Tests and 227 innings to create the record for England. Before this Test, Cook had played 127 Tests, and was 20 runs away from history as he had 9,980 runs in the format with 28 centuries and 47 half-centuries. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 1st Test at Leeds, Day 1

Cook is the 12 batsman in the history of Test cricket to score 10,000 runs. The first batsman to achieve the feat in the conventional format was India’s Sunil Gavaskar, f0llowed by Australia’s Allan Border. Cook is the first England cricketer to make 9,000 runs in Test cricket, as the second in the list of most run-scorers in Tests is Graham Gooch, who scored 8,900 runs in 118 Tests for his country.

The left-handed Cook, who made 60 and 104 against India on his Test debut at Nagpur in 2006, is now the youngest batsman in the history of cricket to score 10,000 runs. Cook has taken 11 years and __ days to achieve the feat, as the record was previously held by Rahul Dravid, who took 11 years and 280 days to make 10,000 runs in Test cricket. The oldest in the list is Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who took 18 years and 37 days to achieve the five-figure mark.

Here is the list of highest run-scorers in Test cricket:

Player  Years M  I R HS  Avg  100s 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 1989-2013 200 329 15921 248* 53.78 51 68
Ricky Ponting 1995-2012 168 287 13378 257 51.85 41 62
Jacques Kallis 1995-2013 166 280 13289 224 55.37 45 58
Rahul Dravid 1996-2012 164 286 13288 270 52.31 36 63
Kumar Sangakkara 2000-2015 134 233 12400 319 57.4 38 52
Brian Lara 1990-2006 131 232 11953 400* 52.88 34 48
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 1994-2015 164 280 11867 203* 51.37 30 66
Mahela Jayawardene 1997-2014 149 252 11814 374 49.84 34 50
Allan Border 1978-1994 156 265 11174 205 50.56 27 63
Steve Waugh 1985-2004 168 260 10927 200 51.06 32 50
Sunil Gavaskar 1971-1987 125 214 10122 236* 51.12 34 45
Alastair Cook 2006-2016  128 229 10000 294 46.56 28 47
Graeme Smith 2002-2014 117 205 9265 277 48.25 27 38
Younis Khan 2000-2015 104 186 9116 313 53.94 31 30
Graham Gooch 1975-1995 118 215 8900 333 42.58 20 46

However, in the list of top 15 batsmen in terms of runs scored in Test cricket, Cook’s average is the second lowest. Cook averages 46.56, where as his former mentor as England batting coach, Gooch averaged 42.58 in his career.