Alastair Cook is the only Englishman with over 10,000 runs in Tests    AFP
Alastair Cook is the only Englishman with over 10,000 runs in Tests AFP

For sure a few obituaries on Alastair Cook’s international career were publish-ready for this New Year. They can wait in the drafts now. Cook’s 81 runs from 6 innings is amongst the top reasons for England conceding The Ashes after going 0-3 at Perth. The left-hander turned the tables at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), slamming an unbeaten 244 in the Boxing Day Test. England lead by 164 runs. Cook went past several milestones en route the record score.

Cook went past Brian Lara’s tally of 11,953 runs to climb to the sixth spot in the most runs table. Of course, the list is led by Sachin Tendulkar who is almost 4,000 runs away from Cook’s reach. However, he happens to be the only active cricketer with over 8,000 runs. The next best is Hashim Amla with 8,583 runs at the 22nd spot.

Most Runs in Tests

Batsmen Span M R Ave HS 100s
Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 1989-13 200 15,921 53.78 248* 51
Ricky Ponting (AUS) 1995-12 168 13,378 51.85 257 41
Jacques Kallis (SA/ICC) 1995-13 166 13,289 55.37 224 45
Rahul Dravid (ICC/IND) 1996-12 164 13,288 52.31 270 36
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 2000-15 134 12,400 57.40 319 38
Alastair Cook (ENG) 2006- 151* 11,956 46.52 294 32
Brian Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-06 131 11,953 52.88 400* 34
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-15 164 11,867 51.37 203* 30
Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 1997-14 149 11,814 49.84 374 34
Allan Border (AUS) 1978-94 156 11,174 50.56 205 27

The first batsman to score 10,000 in Tests was Sunil Gavaskar. He is currently at the 12th spot in the list of top run-getters in Tests.

Cook has turned 33. He has a few years left ahead of him. If he keeps form and fitness, he may go on to challenge Tendulkar’s tally. Cook with this double ton became the only Englishman to register 11 scores in excess of 150. Walter Hammond, Len Hutton and Kevin Pietersen have breached the mark 10 times. Cook’s score is the fifth highest score by an Englishman in The Ashes and it’s also the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG.