Alastair Cook amassed 12,254 runs with 32 centuries, 56 half centuries, 1420 fours and 11 sixes in his Test career
Alastair Cook amassed 12,254 runs with 32 centuries, 56 half centuries, 1420 fours and 11 sixes in his Test career

Alastair Cook was given a sustained standing ovation as he made his way to the wicket for the final innings of his illustrious Test career at the Kia Oval on Sunday. Cook, who holds the record for most England Test appearances, runs and centuries, was dismissed for 71 in the first innings of the fifth Test against India.

The Essex opener, 33, has struggled for runs this year but is looking to finish his England career on a high. Cook, who scored a hundred on his Test debut, is playing in his 161st match. He has 32 centuries and more than 12,000 runs.

Here are five Alastair Cook records that will stand the test of time

The Subcontinent giant

Alastair Cook is the most successful ‘non-subcontinent’ batsman in the subcontinent. In the 28 matches in the subcontinent, he has scored 2,710 runs at an average of 53.14, with nine centuries

England top-run getter

Alastair Cook amassed 12,254 runs with 32 centuries, 56 half centuries, 1420 fours and 11 sixes in his Test career. He became England’s all-time leading run scorer way back in May 2015, surpassing Graham Gooch’s 20-year-old record of 8,900 runs.

Youngest to 12,000

Alastair Cook became the youngest English player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 Test runs. He also is the youngest player to reach 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000 and 12000 runs in Test cricket.

Most centuries for England

Alastair Cook’s 32 Test centuries are more than any other England player has managed, and is the 10th-most overall. Since his debut, England have scored 163 centuries, meaning Cook alone has accounted for almost one-fifth of his country’s tons.

159 straight Test matches

Alastair Cook has only missed one Test match since debut. After his debut in 2006, he played two matches before missing the third due to an upset stomach. Since then Cook has played for England in 158 consecutive Test matches. Only five players have ever played in 100+ consecutive Test matches.