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Alastair Cook is now the 11th highest run scorer in Tests © Getty Images

Alastair Cook added another feather to his cap as he overtook India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar to become the 11th highest run-getter in Test cricket. Cook achieved this feat during England’s third Test against Sri Lanka. Gavaskar had scored 10,122 runs from 125 matches during his playing career. Cook overtook the former Indian in his 129th match. In the last match at Durham, Cook became the youngest player in Test cricket to score 10,000 runs, beating the Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar to that feat. He also became the second leading run-getter for England across all formats during the current match against Sri Lanka. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

The English skipper averages 46.66 in Test format, having played 129 Tests. He has a highest score of 294, which he scored against India in 2012. He is now the 11th in the highest run scorers list in Tests, with Australian legend Steven Waugh on 10th position. Tendulkar is the highest run getter in Tests with 15921 runs from 200 matches. The second highest run getter is Ricky Ponting, who has 13378 runs.

Cook overtook Gavaskar when he reached 80 against Sri Lanka. He was soon dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep for 85, leaving England stranded at 164/5. The third Test between the two sides is a dead rubber, with England having won the first two matches. The hosts won the first Test by an innings and 88 runs, and won the second Test by nine wickets. After the Test, Sri Lanka will play 3 ODI’s and a solitary T20I to round off the tour.