Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook join 5000-run club

Andrew Strauss (L) and Alastair Cook walk out to bat during a Test match against India last year Getty Images

Nottingham: May 29, 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook on Monday became only the fifth partnership in Test history to have put on more than 5,000 runs together.

They went past the landmark with a stand of 89 as England beat West Indies by nine wickets to win the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The other duos to have achieved the feat are West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, Australia’s Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer, India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

5,000 runs as partners in Tests (partners, span, country, innings, not outs, runs, highest stand, average runs per stand, century stands, fifty stands):

R Dravid/S Tendulkar (IND): 6,920

G Greenidge/D Haynes (WIS): 6,482

M Hayden/J Langer (AUS): 6,081

M Jayawardene/K Sangakkara (SRI): 5,444

A Cook/A Strauss (ENG): 5,085 (AFP)