[caption id="attachment_715460" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-715460" alt="Alastair Cook Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Cook.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Alastair Cook Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Australia great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Allan-Border" target="_blank">Allan Border</a> praised the "amazing" <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Alastair-Cook" target="_blank">Alastair Cook</a> as the England batsman equalled his record of 153 consecutive Tests by playing in the series opener against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Pakistan " target="_blank">Pakistan </a> at Lord's on Thursday. This was the 154th Test of opener Cook's career -- with only illness after he made a century on debut against India at Nagpur in 2006 interrupting a sequence where he has never been dropped by the selectors. Border and Cook are both gritty left-handed batsmen, each having scored more than 11,000 Test runs and captained their respective countries to Ashes success. They've also each won a County Championship title with Essex. <p></p> <p></p>But at 33, Cook is some five years younger than when Border played his 153rd Test, a reflection both of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england" target="_blank">England</a>'s heavy programme and the increasingly congested nature of modern international cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"I didn t realise anyone was getting that close in terms of consecutive Test matches, but it is an amazing thing," Border told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "I ve been a great fan of his from a distance over the years. I don t know him well, but we ve got that Essex connection. I spent two fantastic years playing there and so I ve watched his progress as a former player from the club. To have stayed fit and able to play that many consecutive games is remarkable," the 62-year-old added. <p></p> <p></p>But despite his 244 not out against Australia in the fourth Test at Melbourne in December, Cook came into the two-match Pakistan series under greater pressure than usual. The past year has seen Cook score two double-centuries but only a further 216 Test runs at an average of 13.5 since last August. <p></p> <p></p>Border, however, forecast Cook's Test career could run for a while yet. "There is no reason why he can't keep going for a few years yet. The number he ends up with could be something quite extraordinary. When I finished I was 38. Cook is only 33 so he will understand his game well enough to know where he is at when it comes to his performances. <p></p> <p></p>The Ashes (a 2019 series in England) are only just over a year away, so he'll be 34 and could have a great series, and then he might even fancy coming back to Australia again. He's the only who will know," Border concluded.